Pictures from Peoria: A busy first day with Cano

Mariners camp officially cranked up today with the first full-squad workout, which meant the arrival of Robinson Cano. And the new $240-million man didn’t disappoint, drawing a nice crowd of fans — and reporters — to the Peoria Sports Complex.

Here’s my story on the first-day scene. Cano came with a little controversy as manager Lloyd McClendon wasted no time coming to his defense with some strong words after Yankee hitting coach Kevin Long raised the issue of Cano’s failure to hustle out routine grounders, which you can read here.

I’ve also got a notebook with news of the day, including Nick Franklin talking about his move back to shortstop. But, of course, I promised photos here on the blog and here’s some that should offer some flavor of the day in Peoria.

The Mariners stars aligned as Felix Hernandez chatted with Cano behind the batting cage.

Cano shared some thoughts with third baseman Kyle Seager, who hit in the same group and said he’s eager to learn from a guy he’s always watched while coming up in the game as a left-handed hitting infielder.
Cano, Seager

The day started with stretching, led by strength coach James Clifford.

Dustin Ackley isn’t hard to pick out of a crowd at camp. Fear the beard.
Ackley, Dustin 2

The infielders talk things over with infield coach Chris Woodward leading the way.
Infield meeting

Cano fires to second base during a double-play drill.
Cano throw

Cano then wrapped up his day by meeting with the media.

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