The Mariners today announced their 2012 spring-training schedule, which can be found here.
The M’s pitchers and catchers will report to Peoria, Ariz., on Feb. 11, with the first workout on Feb. 12. Position players report on Feb. 17, and the first full-squad workout takes place on Feb. 18.
You might notice that those dates are earlier than last year, when pitchers reported on Feb. 17, position players on Feb. 22, and the first full-squad workout wsa on Feb. 23. That’s because the M’s are on an accelerated schedule to prepare for their two season-opening games in Japan, where they’ll face the Oakland A’s on March 28 and 29. The M’s will leave for Tokyo on March 22, and they’ll play two exhibition games against teams from the Japanese leagues on March 25 and 26. Those opponents have not yet been announced.
One interesting element to this year’s schedule is that the Mariners will play four exhibition games in Arizona AFTER they play two regular-season games in Japan. Those will include three at game in Peoria on March 31, April 1 and April 2 (against the Padres, Royals and Rockies, respectively), one vs. Colorado in Scottsdale (April 3), and a game on April 4 that’s still undetermined. The theory is that A’s and Mariners need time to re-acclimate from their long trip before resuming regular-season play April 6 at Oakland.
The Mariners open Cactus League play Friday, March 2 against the A’s in Phoenix, then play Oakland in their home opener in Peoria on Saturday, March 3. The annual charity game against the San Diego Padres, with whom they share the Peoria complex, will be played Sunday, March 4.