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FIELDING This is still a pitching-heavy team, so glove work remains of paramount importance for the Mariners. A two-time Gold Glove winner, Cano is probably as pivotal a player on the defensive side of the ball as he is on offense. Seager was third in the AL with a .964 fielding percentage and committed just 15 errors in 160 games at the hot corner. Smoak showed considerable skill at first base. As many as six young position players are vying for regular playing time, and how they fare with the glove is important to their remaining in the lineup. STARTING PITCHING Hard to believe, but Felix Hernandez is going into his 10th season in the big leagues. He turned 28 a few days after Opening Day. The 2010 AL Cy Young winner is still one of the best pitchers in baseball, going 12-10 with a 3.04 ERA and 216 strikeouts in 204.1 innings in 2013. Hisashi Iwakuma became a Cy Young contender last year, but he’ll be slowed at the start of the season as he recovers from an injured finger. Highly touted youngster Taijuan Walker is also beginning the season on the DL. Capable Erasmo Ramirez and James Paxton round out the rotation. RELIEF PITCHING Fernando Rodney brings his bow-and-arrow routine to Seattle, and Mariners fans hope he sets loose many imaginary arrows in 2014. He’s coming off a season when he saved 37 games in 45 opportunities, and his 5-4 record and 3.38 ERA were serviceable. But those numbers paled in comparison to his 48 saves (in 50 opportunities) and miniscule 0.60 ERA in 2012. Tom Wilhelmsen moves to a setup role after being the Mariners’ closer the last two seasons. Yoervis Medina was excellent in relief last year, striking out 71 hitters in 68 innings while finishing with a 2.91 ERA. MANAGING Lloyd McClendon begins his first year with the Mariners after five years managing the Pirates without having a winning season. He’s going to see if he can get the most out of a team with young talent surrounding Cano. GM Jack Zduriencik has built different incarnations of the Mariners over his five years on the job. One year (2010) he even emphasized defense to a great degree, but the team didn’t hit, scoring just 513 runs on the season. His gamble on Cano is a big one that will need to pay off if the Mariners are to return to winning ways. DATE OPPONENT TIME Sun, 6/29 Indians 1:10p Mon, 6/30 at Astros 5:10p Tue, 7/1 at Astros 5:10p Wed, 7/2 at Astros 11:10a Fri, 7/4 at White Sox 4:10p Sat, 7/5 at White Sox 11:10a Sun, 7/6 at White Sox 11:10a Mon, 7/7 Twins 7:10p Tue, 7/8 Twins 7:10p Wed, 7/9 Twins 7:10p Thu, 7/10 Twins 7:10p Fri, 7/11 Athletics 7:10p Sat, 7/12 Athletics 7:10p Sun, 7/13 Athletics 1:10p Fri, 7/18 at Angels 7:05p Sat, 7/19 at Angels 6:05p Sun, 7/20 at Angels 12:35p Mon, 7/21 Mets 7:10p Tue, 7/22 Mets 7:10p Wed, 7/23 Mets 12:40p Thu, 7/24 Orioles 7:10p Fri, 7/25 Orioles 7:10p Sat, 7/26 Orioles 1:10p Sun, 7/27 Orioles 1:10p Tue, 7/29 at Indians 4:05p Wed, 7/30 at Indians 4:05p Thu, 7/31 at Indians 4:05p DATE OPPONENT TIME Fri, 8/1 at Orioles 4:05p Sat, 8/2 at Orioles 4:05p Sun, 8/3 at Orioles 10:35a Tue, 8/5 Braves 7:10p Wed, 8/6 Braves 12:40p Thu, 8/7 White Sox 7:10p Fri, 8/8 White Sox 7:10p Sat, 8/9 White Sox 6:10p Sun, 8/10 White Sox 1:10p Mon, 8/11 Blue Jays 7:10p Tue, 8/12 Blue Jays 7:10p Wed, 8/13 Blue Jays 7:10p Fri, 8/15 at Tigers 4:08p Sat, 8/16 at Tigers 4:08p Sun, 8/17 at Tigers 10:08a Mon, 8/18 at Phillies 4:05p Tue, 8/19 at Phillies 4:05p Wed, 8/20 at Phillies 10:05a Fri, 8/22 at Red Sox 4:10p Sat, 8/23 at Red Sox 10:35a Sun, 8/24 at Red Sox 10:35a Mon, 8/25 Rangers 7:10p Tue, 8/26 Rangers 7:10p Wed, 8/27 Rangers 12:40p Fri, 8/29 Nationals 7:10p Sat, 8/30 Nationals 6:10p Sun, 8/31 Nationals 1:10p DATE OPPONENT TIME Mon, 9/1 at Athletics 1:05p Tue, 9/2 at Athletics 7:05p Wed, 9/3 at Athletics 12:35p Thu, 9/4 at Rangers 5:05p Fri, 9/5 at Rangers 5:05p Sat, 9/6 at Rangers 5:05p Sun, 9/7 at Rangers 12:05p Mon, 9/8 Astros 7:10p Tue, 9/9 Astros 7:10p Wed, 9/10 Astros 7:10p Fri, 9/12 Athletics 7:10p Sat, 9/13 Athletics 6:10p Sun, 9/14 Athletics 1:10p Mon, 9/15 at Angels 7:05p Tue, 9/16 at Angels 7:05p Wed, 9/17 at Angels 7:05p Thu, 9/18 at Angels 7:05p Fri, 9/19 at Astros 5:10p Sat, 9/20 at Astros 4:10p Sun, 9/21 at Astros 11:10a Mon, 9/22 at Blue Jays 4:07p Tue, 9/23 at Blue Jays 4:07p Wed, 9/24 at Blue Jays 4:07p Thu, 9/25 at Blue Jays 1:07p Fri, 9/26 Angels 7:10p Sat, 9/27 Angels 6:10p Sun, 9/28 Angels 1:10p


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