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Mariners' Kyle Lewis: Hopes high after spring showing
Lewis, who finished Cactus League play with a .423 average (11-for-26), three home runs and five RBI over 12 games, benefited significantly from the first healthy offseason of his professional baseball career, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "Last year I didn't really have much of an offseason because I had a knee scope in February, missed Spring Training and was thrown right into the season," Lewis said, crediting training two months with the Mariners in Arizona and another two months in Florida for his big jump in production from last season to this spring. "I just focused on my overall strength, body control, balance."
Lewis' batting average was just shy of Jay Bruce's team-leading .433, a sign of just how successful his first exposure to big-league arms was. The 23-year-old has been besieged by injuries since Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto made him the initial first-round pick of his tenure, but the clean bill of health Lewis has enjoyed since the latter portion of last season clearly paid dividends this spring. Lewis will still open the season at Double-A Arkansas, but an ascension to Triple-A Tacoma is very likely at some point in the coming campaign if he's able to replicate a similar caliber of play.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Dan Altavilla: Heading to Triple-A
Altavilla was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Altavilla joined the Mariners for the season-opening series in Japan against the Athletics and allowed one hit and one walk while pitching one-third of an inning. The 26-year-old has been shuttled between Triple-A and the majors over the last three seasons and has a 3.28 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 85:36 K:BB across 79.2 major-league innings. Altavilla is likely to have a similar role with Seattle again in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Braden Bishop: Returns to minors
Bishop was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Bishop was a part of the active roster for the season-opening series against the Athletics in Japan and struck out in a pinch-hit appearance, but will head to the Rainiers for the traditional beginning of the regular season. Mallex Smith (elbow) remains on track for the home opener March 28, likely prompting the move. The 25-year-old slashed .284/.361/.412 in 84 games at Double-A last season.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Eric Filia: Suspended 100 games
Filia was suspended for 100 games after a third positive test for a drug of abuse, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old spent last season with Double-A Arkansas, hitting .274/.371/.348. He'll wind up missing over half of this season while serving his suspension.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Justin Dunn: Whiffs six
Dunn allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out six across four innings of work Thursday.
Dunn continued to generate whiffs at a strong rate and has 13 strikeouts in nine innings this spring. However, as has been the case throughout his minor-league career, Dunn has struggled with surrendering free passes -- he's now issued five during the exhibition season. Already optioned to minor-league camp, Dunn could get a small sample of big-league work later in the season if he impresses throughout the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Zac Rosscup: Grabs win in extras
Rosscup (1-0) fired a scoreless 11th inning in an extra-innings win over the Athletics on Thursday, allowing a hit and two walks while recording three strikeouts.
The 30-year-old southpaw had an eventful frame to say the least, opening the inning by recording a pair of whiffs before surrendering a Marcus Semien single and walking both Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty. However, Rosscup then came up huge by mowing down the dangerous Khris Davis on three pitches to snuff out the threat. Rosscup endured an injury-plagued 2018 with the Dodgers, but he's capable of missing plenty of bats as evidenced by his 87 career strikeouts over just 66.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Tim Beckham: Stays hot in series-ending win
Beckham went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run in an extra-innings win over the Athletics in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.
Beckham put a bow on a highly successful season-opening two-game set by ripping an eighth-inning two-bagger off Lou Trivino, his second extra-base hit in the series. The hot-hitting infielder had put together a 3-for-3 opener Wednesday that included a home run.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Ryon Healy: Goes deep in extra-innings win
Healy went 2-for-5 with a double, a two-run home run and two runs overall in an extra-innings win over the Athletics in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.
Healy opened the scoring on the evening against his former squad with a 386-foot shot to left in the second that plated Tim Beckham. The slugging infielder's season is off to an encouraging start, as he's already garnered a trio of extra-base hits (two doubles, one homer) over his first nine at-bats. The 27-year-old is slated for an extended everyday role at third base while Kyle Seager (hand) remains on the injured list, and he has the bat to serve as one of the Mariners' top long-ball threats in that capacity.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Launches first homer
Haniger went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and a walk in an extra-innings win over the Athletics in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.
Haniger launched a 397-foot solo shot to left in the third off Marco Estrada for his first homer of the season. The 28-year-old had gone hitless in the opener Wednesday, but he knocked the cover off the ball in signature fashion on both occasions in which he hit safely Thursday. Haniger operated out of the No. 2 hole in the order for the season-opening two-game series.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Hunter Strickland: Slams door again
Strickland recorded his second save in a 5-4 extra-innings win over the Athletics in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday, firing a scoreless 12th inning in which he recorded a strikeout.
So far, so good for the Mariners' new closer, who'd also shut the door on the Athletics on Wednesday with a perfect ninth. Manager Scott Servais' patience in deploying Strickland on Thursday paid off handsomely, as he was able to bring in the veteran after Seattle had taken a one-run lead in the top half of the 12th. Strickland was even sharper than he'd been in the opener, needing a scant seven pitches to dispose of Chad Pinder, Nick Hundley and Jurickson Profar.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Exits before five full in debut
Kikuchi allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch over 4.2 innings in the Mariners' 5-4 extra-innings win over the Athletics in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday. He struck out three and did not factor into the decision.
It was a reasonably effective regular-season major-league debut for Kikuchi, one that ironically unfolded right back in his native Japan. The 27-year-old southpaw didn't allow any extra-base hits, with the only runs charged to him coming as a result of a Marcus Semien single and a Jay Bruce error at first base that allowed Jurickson Profar to cross the plate. Otherwise, his first taste of big-league action seemed to be unfold relatively smoothly, particularly encouraging given that Kikuchi had an up-and-down Cactus League tenure. The young left-hander will be well-rested whenever he does take the mound for his second start, as the Mariners do not resume play until next Thursday against the Red Sox in Seattle.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Kyle Lewis: Launches another homer
Lewis went 2-for-3 with a double, a solo home run and two runs overall in a 6-4 Cactus League loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.
Lewis was part of a Mariners squad comprised of minor-leaguers that took on a Cubs lineup replete with regulars. That included starter Yu Darvish, against whom Lewis laced a leadoff double in the fourth. The 23-year-old is slated to open the season at Double-A Arkansas after a strong showing in big-league camp this spring.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Ryon Healy: Doubles in opener
Healy went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a run in a 9-7 win over the Athletics in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday.
Healy extended the Mariners' lead to 7-4 with his fifth-inning two-bagger, which drove home Edwin Encarnacion. The versatile slugger opened the game at third base as expected, although he jumped over to first as part of a double switch by manager Scott Servais to open the seventh inning. Healy is primarily expected to man the hot corner during Kyle Seager's projected multi-month absence due to a hand injury, but as he demonstrated in Wednesday's opener, he's capable of moving across the infield when necessary.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Edwin Encarnacion: Productive in opener
Encarnacion went 0-for-3 with two walks and two runs in a 9-7 win over the Athletics in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday.
Although he struck out in three of his plate appearances, the fact Encarnacion walked twice and crossed the plate twice apiece represents an improvement over the slugger's rough spring. Encarnacion hit just .129 during Cactus League play, but given his body of work over the last several seasons, there's not much to be gleaned from that modest 31-at-bat sample. The 36-year-old's bat speed still seemed largely intact last season while he slugged 49 extra-base hits (16 doubles, one triple, 32 home runs) for the Indians over 578 plate appearances, and he's expected to provide similar pop out of the cleanup spot for a Mariners squad looking to replace the power Nelson Cruz took with him to Minnesota.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki: Will play again Thursday
Manager Scott Servais said that Suzuki would play in Thursday's game against the Athletics, but wouldn't commit to the outfielder drawing a second straight start, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
With the Mariners and Athletics opening the MLB season in Suzuki's home country of Japan, the 45-year-old was rewarded with the start in right field. Batting out of the No. 9 spot, Suzuki popped out in his first plate appearance and a drew a walk in his second before substituting out of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Even if he doesn't start Thursday, he'll likely get at least one at-bat, which could very well represent his last action in the majors. The Mariners haven't indicated whether they plan on carrying Suzuki on the roster once the team resumes regular-season play in North America next week.... See More ... See Less