12:33 AM EDT, Wed April 01, 2015

Mariners notebook: Cruz scheduled to play right field

PEORIA, Ariz. — Nelson Cruz is scheduled to log his first outfield time of the spring Thursday as the starting right fielder when the Mariners play the Oakland Athletics in  Mesa. Cruz’s previous four spring games came as the designated hitter. “I’m confident that he can play the outfield,” manager Lloyd McClendon said, “but he needs to be out there. “I’m trying to be as smart as I can be with this. Give him some time out there to keep him sharp but, at the same time, keep him healthy. He’ll be out there a few more times for sure.” … Read more »

Seattle Mariners made $11.6 million profit in 2014

Thanks to increased attendance last season, the Seattle Mariners made a profit of $11.6 million in the ballclub’s 2014 fiscal year, the team said Monday. Yet the M’s have already spent that income and more, having sent big paychecks this offseason to third baseman Kyle Seager and new acquisitions Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith and Justin […]

MARINERS 9, PADRES 4 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)

 THE FACTS: The amped-up heart of the Mariners’ order — Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager — debuted Thursday by going a combined 6-for-9 with three runs and three RBIs. Pat Kivlehan put the game away with a three-run homer in a four-run eighth inning as the Mariners improved to 2-0 with another victory over complex co-tenant San Diego. Mariners starter Roenis Elias pitched two scoreless innings, which matched Taijuan Walker’s effort in Wednesday’s opener. The two are battling for the rotation’s final spot.     PLAY OF THE GAME: Cruz hit a high pop to left in the...

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