SEATTLE — Evelyn Jones is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday at Safeco Field prior to the Mariners’ game against the Los Angeles Angels.
It will mark her 108th birthday.
Jones will become the oldest person to deliver a ceremonial pitch in major-league history. The record currently belongs to Agnes McKee, who was 105 when she performed the duty on July 20, 2014 in San Diego.
Jones lives at the Fairwinds-Brittany Park retirement community in Woodinville. She was born on July 11, 1907 in the central Washington town of Leahy.
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Jones credits her longevity to a diet of beef and lots of vegetables, exercise, and drinking alcohol only at Saturday dances.
The Mariners’ bullpen tied a major-league record by racking up 12 strikeouts over five innings Tuesday night in a four-man relay after replacing starter Taijuan Walker.
Only one other time has a bullpen recorded at least 12 strikeouts in five or fewer innings. The Chicago White Sox had 12 in five innings against the Blue Jays on April 15, 2010 in a 7-3 loss at Toronto.
The Mariners got three strikeouts from Mark Lowe in his only inning, one from Fernando Rodney in one inning, five from Carson Smith in two innings and three from Charlie Furbush in one inning.
Left-hander Danny Hultzen threw 19 pitches in one simulated inning in Arizona and, barring any setbacks, will pitch two innings Monday in a rehab start for Peoria in the Arizona Rookie League.
That planned outing will be Hultzen’s first game appearance since being shut down in mid-May after three starts at Double-A Jackson because of fatigue in his surgically-repaired shoulder.
The tentative plan then calls for Hultzen, 25, to be activated at a full-season affiliate — probably Jackson. He missed all of last year while recovering from major shoulder surgery.
The Mariners selected Hultzen with the third overall pick in the 2011 draft. He was rated by Baseball America among the game’s top 30 prospects prior to the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
The Mariners placed shortstop Ketel Marte on a rehab assignment at Peoria in order to test his recovery from a broken left thumb suffered May 31 while playing for Tacoma.
Marte, 21, is expected to play a few games in the Arizona Rookie League before departing, barring any setbacks, for the All-Star Futures Game, which is Sunday at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Double-A Jackson right-hander Edwin Diaz will join Marte on the World team at the Futures Game.
Marte was also picked to start for the Pacific Coast League next Wednesday in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha, Neb. First baseman Jesus Montero and pitcher Forrest Snow were also chosen for the PCL team.
Prior to his injury, Marte was batting .343 for the Rainiers in 51 games. He was ranked No. 3 prior to the season in the TNT Top 10 list of the organization’s prospects.
SIX AND ONE
Robinson Cano’s game-winning RBI single Tuesday in the 11th inning was the sixth walk-off hit of his career…but his first with the Mariners.
It was also his first in nearly six years.
Cano’s last walk-off winner was Aug. 28, 2009, when he hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning that lifted the New York Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
This bears repeating just in case you missed it: Jesus Montero had two triples — two triples! — Tuesday for Triple-A Tacoma in an 8-7 victory at Fresno (Astros). He also had a single in four at-bats and four RBIs.
Montero, 25, entered Wednesday as the Pacific Coast League leader with 110 hits — 16 more than anyone else. He was batting .328 with 14 homers and a PCL-leading 67 RBIs.
And he had five triples.
It was five years ago Thursday — July 9, 2010 — that the Mariners traded pitchers Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe to Texas for first baseman Justin Smoak, infielder Matt Lawson and pitchers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke.
Center fielder Austin Jackson left the game in the fourth inning because of back spasms…manager Lloyd McClendon is expected to return Thursday from three days of personal leave following the death of his sister…J.A. Happ is winless this season in nine day starts…Mark Trumbo has five hits in his last seven at-bats after going 3-for-5 in Wednesday’s loss.
The Mariners conclude their pre-break schedule with a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels that starts at 7:10 p.m. Thursday at Safeco Field.
Right-hander Felix Hernandez (10-5, 3.02) will face Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (9-5, 3.35) in the opener. The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest and heard on 710 ESPN.