Mariners release spring schedule; Ackley, Fields make Rising Stars roster

The Mariners just released their 2011 spring training schedule, which includes 32 exhibition games beginning Feb. 27 against the San Diego Padres at the Peoria (Ariz.) Sports Complex.

Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training on Feb. 13 for physicals with the first workout the next day. Report date for position players is Feb. 18, with the first full-squad workout on Feb. 19.

Can’t wait for February to get a taste of Arizona?

Then tune in Saturday – or come on down to Surprise Stadium – for the annual Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars game. Two Mariners prospects are on the West roster, second baseman Dustin Ackley and relief pitcher Josh Fields. The game, starting at 6 p.m., will be televised on the MLB Network and online via

As for spring training, here are highlights from the Mariners’ news release, along with the schedule:

The Cactus League will again feature 15 teams in 2011, and for the first time all teams will play in the greater Phoenix area. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies have moved their spring operations from Tucson into a new facility off the 101 loop in Scottsdale (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick). The Mariners visit the new facility three times in 2011; March 2 vs. Arizona, March 23 &March 29 vs. Colorado. The Mariners will be hosting their 18th spring training at the Peoria Sports Complex.

The Mariners will play a total of 17 games in Peoria next spring, including one when the Padres are designated the home team. The Mariners and Padres open the spring slate with the annual charity game on February 27, which benefits several local causes in the Peoria area (including the American Cancer Society, Homeward Bound, Teen Lifeline Inc., Challenger Space Center, Arizona Swing Kids, as well as local schools, summer camps, and food banks).

After opening the Cactus League with three consecutive games at Peoria Stadium, the Mariners will endure a see-saw schedule that will not keep them in Peoria for more than two consecutive days.

Four night games are scheduled in Arizona, including the March 16 game vs. Milwaukee in Peoria (7:05 pm), March 17 at Kansas City in Surprise (6:05 pm), March 23 at Colorado in Scottsdale (6:40 pm) and March 25 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers (7:05 pm).

Start time note: Daylight saving time goes into effect on Sunday, March 13, but the state of Arizona does not change its clocks. As a result, through March 12, for the first 14 Mariners games, Arizona will be on Mountain Time, and the games will start at 1:05 MT/12:05 PT. For the remaining games, Arizona will be in the Pacific Time zone.)

After breaking camp on March 29, the Mariners will leave Arizona to play one game in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium against the Dodgers on March 30 (7:05 pm).

The Mariners will hold a workout March 31 at Oakland Coliseum and the regular season opener is set for Friday, April 1 at Oakland against the Athletics.

Tickets for all Mariners games at the Peoria Sports Complex will go on sale Saturday, January 8, 2011, at 9:00 am. Tickets may be purchased via phone at 800-677-1227, online at, or in person at the Peoria Sports Complex box office located at 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382. Individual game tickets are priced from $6 to $23.

Group ticket discounts include $1.00 off tickets for groups of 20 or more and $2.00 off tickets for groups of 100 or more on seats in the Upper Box, Outfield Box, Bleachers or Lawn. Some games are subject to blackout. For more information, contact the Box Office Group Sales Coordinator at (623) 773-8719.

Here is the Mariners’ exhibition schedule:

Feb. 27: San Diego at Peoria

Feb. 28: San Diego at Peoria

March 1: Texas at Peoria

March 2: Arizona at Scottsdale

March 3: Chicago White Sox at Glendale

March 4: Cincinnati at Peoria

March 5: Cleveland (split squad) at Peoria

March 6: San Francisco at Scottsdale

March 7: Oakland at Peoria

March 8: San Francisco at Peoria

March 9: Los Angeles Dodgers at Glendale

March 10: LA Angels at Peoria

March 11; Cleveland Indians at Goodyear

March 12: Oakland A’s at Peoria

March 13: LA Angels at Tempe

March 14: Chicago Cubs at Peoria

March 15: Off

March 16: Milwaukee Brewers at Peoria (7:05 p.m.)

March 17: Kansas City at Surprise (6:05 p.m.)

March 18: Arizona at Peoria

March 19: Texas at Surprise

March 20: San Diego at Peoria

March 21: Cincinnati at Goodyear

March 22: Chicago White Sox at Peoria

March 23: Colorado Rockies at Scottsdale (6:40 p.m.)

March 24: Kansas City at Peoria

March 25: Chicago Cubs (split squad) at Mesa

March 25: Los Angeles Dodgers (split squad) at Peoria (7:05 p.m.)

March 26: Milwaukee at Maryvale

March 27: Texas at Peoria

March 28: Colorado at Peoria

March 29: Colorado at Scottsdale

March 30: Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles (7:05 p.m.)

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