MARINER’S NOTEBOOK: Ichiro makes fashionable arrival

PEORIA, Ariz. — All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki made a mid-afternoon arrival for his physical exam Monday. He’ll talk with the media today, so the only real thing to report was how he looked. The answer: maaaaaaahvelous.

Suzuki wore gray jeans, a gray jean jacket, backward black-and-white cap (not the trucker cap he’s worn in previous years, though), beige-and-black “dada” t-shirt and, the touch that pulled it all together, high-topped red-and-white basketball shoes.

Rubbing it in

When outfielder Michael Saunders, a native of Victoria, B.C., walked into the clubhouse Monday morning, a huge photo from Team USA’s Olympic hockey victory over Canada was hanging in his locker.

Nobody would confess to the prank, although Ken Griffey Jr. was getting some huge satisfaction.

“Just wait ’till he gets the USA jersey with his name on the back of it,” Griffey said. “He WILL wear that.”

Of note

Griffey, an admitted fan of the Olympics, on what he does when figure skating comes on TV: “Turn the channel.” … Pitcher Cliff Lee ran through some agility drills Monday and remains on schedule to throw his first bullpen session Wednesday, manager Don Wakamatsu said. … Until pitchers start facing hitters, it’s generally pointless to say who looks impressive. The exception has been Chad Cordero, who underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder 18 months ago. “Where he’s at and where he was last year is night and day,” Wakamatsu said. “It looks like he’s commanding the baseball and it’s coming out of his hand extremely well. This guy right now just gleams with confidence.” … It rained in Peoria again Monday and, for the third straight day, the Mariners scrubbed on-field drills for the pitchers and catchers. They got their work in under the cover of the bullpen and batting cages. There’s little chance of rain the next four days, and the high temperature is expected to reach the mid-70s by Friday. … Former Mariners pitcher Cha Seung Baek was in Peoria to try out with the club in hopes of extending a pro career that started in 1998 when the M’s signed him out of Korea. Baek hasn’t been in the big leagues since 2008 and pitched last year in the San Diego Padres’ organization.

More in Sports

High school football at a crossroads

Local high school football participation numbers are following a downward trend.

Patterson: Much changed for Seahawks in bye week

Normally a quiet time for teams, the Seahawks bye week was very eventful.

Seahawks O-line will have new look, again, vs. Giants

Joeckel’s knee surgery means Seattle will use its 3rd different O-line combination in the past 6 games.

No. 15 Washington State blanks Colorado 28-0

Luke Falk throws three touchdowns as the Cougars rebound from a loss by routing the Buffaloes.

Astros beat Yankees 4-0 in Game 7, reach World Series

Houston becomes first franchise to win pennants in both leagues.

Silvertips set for first game with rival Thunderbirds

Everett is looking to snap a three-game losing streak in a meeting with Seattle on Sunday at home.

Inactives report: Lane out, Bennett active for Seahawks

The Giants are hurting at receiver with their top three wideouts all out injured.

Everett runs over Meadowdale, clinches playoff berth

The Seagulls rushed for 462 yards as they grabbed their first district playoff spot since 2010.

Friday’s prep football results

Conference championship races are tightening up. (VIDEO)

Most Read