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‘Hot Stove League Show’ lineup, programming notes

By Shannon Drayer

Wednesday is the day Mariners pitchers and catchers officially report to Peoria, Ariz. for spring training. The first full-squad workout will be Feb. 18 and that is when I head down there to begin my reports. There will be plenty of new faces including two who are about to be added Tuesday, according to Bob Dutton of The News Tribune.

Dutton reports that veterans Randy Wolf and Zach Miner are expected to receive minor-league deals with invitations to spring training. Such moves are common at this time of the year with players coming off injuries or looking to restart their careers. Every now and then you get a surprise, but for now these two appear to be spring pitching depth.

We will talk more about this Tuesday on “The Hot Stove League Show” from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle. Rick Rizzs and Mike Blowers join me in studio for a show that will include visits with Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders, Rob Neyer of SB Nation, A’s broadcaster Vince Cotroneo and new Mariners infield coach Chris Woodward.

A programming note: several of you who will be in spring training in March have asked about our plans for “The Cactus League Report.” Once again we will be broadcasting the show from the Salty Senorita across the parking lot from the Mariners’ complex. Due to scheduling challenges there will only be three broadcasts this year. There will be two Tuesday broadcasts – March 4 and 11 – and a one-hour Wednesday show on March 19. Information about the shows will be available at the Mariners’ complex in Peoria.

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