The Mariners’ offense starts with Austin Jackson

It’s one thing for manager Lloyd McClendon to say that Jackson is the key to the Mariners’ offense — something he has often said and reiterated Sunday. But when the team’s closer goes out of his way to make that point, without even being asked, then it’s more than a platitude.

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Taijuan Walker to start M’s spring opener

On Sunday, manager Lloyd McClendon announced that the young, hard-throwing right-hander would get the start in the Mariners’ first Cactus League game — the annual charity game against the San Diego Padres — their neighbors at Peoria Sports Complex.

Video: Mariners get in a full workout before the rains come

The Mariners were able to get in a full workout before any rain began to fall in Peoria. All the pitchers got their work. Felix Hernandez and Taijuan Walker threw bullpens. Dominic Leone, Carson Smith, Roenis Elias and Mike Kickham pitched live batting practice sessions. I got some video of Leone and then took plenty of...

Versatility helping minor-leaguer move up

Patrick Kivlehan keeps three different types of gloves in the Mariners-branded team bag he totes from practice field to practice field at Peoria Sports Complex.