Lloyd McClendon, the hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers, was named the 16th manager of Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners.
The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners will open the 2012 Major League Baseball season on March 28-29 in Tokyo, the first season-opener in Japan since 2008.
Dave Niehaus , the voice of the Seattle Mariners since 1977, died from a heart attack. He was 75 years old.
Hisashi Iwakuma, a Japanese All-Star pitcher, signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners 12 months after failing to reach an agreement to join the Oakland Athletics.
The Seattle Mariners signed starting pitcher Kevin Millwood to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training, the Major League Baseball team said.
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge decided he will not return after this season, the team said in a news release.