Seattle Mariners Newsletter

 

Walker starts bid for spot in Mariners’ rotation with 2 strong innings

What a difference a year makes for right-hander, long viewed as club’s top pitching prospect

Ackley’s spring goal: Figure out how to avoid another early-season slump

McClendon planning extra spring at-bats for Ackley in Cactus League games

Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley, a notorious slow starter at the plate, is at a career crossroads of sorts after three-plus seasons. The team is going to give him plenty of at-bats to help him get out of the gate quicker.

Mariners notebook: Seager joins college teammate in fight to cure childhood cancer

Seager will match first 100 donations based on his number of hits in upcoming season

Mariners notebook: Paxton resumes throwing; rain cancels intrasquad game

Also: Iwakuma on target in modified batting practice; Pries attracts notice

A large concrete baseball is reflected Monday in raindrops on a window at the Peoria Sports Complex where the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres hold spring training baseball. A steady morning rain kept the teams from practicing outside as they prepare for their first spring training games on Wednesday.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon planning platoon approach in left and right field

Current plans call for Dustin Ackley and Rickie Weeks in left field; Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano in right

Rickie Weeks, right, had a .504 slugging percentage against lefties and .395 versus righties while with Milwaukee in 2014.
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