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Lots of new faces as Mariners begin introductions

The Mariners are having their first team meeting with pitchers and catchers this morning and will hit the field shortly to begin workouts.

It’s always interesting to see the first day of camp, when old teammates exchange greetings and newcomers begin feeling their way into the group like new kids on the first day of school.

“You always look forward to this day throughout the offseason,” said catcher Adam Moore. “The time is here. Now we’re going to get after it, get to work and turn it around from last year. That’s the No. 1 goal, to turn it around and do things a little different around here.”

The first group to throw today will be Erik Bedard, Doug Fister, Garrett Olson, Michael Pineda and Nate Robertson.

They’ll be followed by Denny Bautista, Dan Cortes, Manny Delcarmen, Charlie Haeger, Josh Lueke and Mauricio Robles and the final group will be Blake Beavan, Fabio Castro, Yoervis Medina, Edward Paredes and Chaz Roe.

The other half of the Mariners staff — including Felix Hernandez — will throw their first bullpens Tuesday and the groups will then alternate days the rest of the week.

Moore, one of five catchers in camp, hasn’t worked with a lot of these pitchers. Of the 33 pitchers in camp, 19 have never pitched for Seattle in the Major Leagues and a dozen haven’t even been in Mariners camp before.

But that’s part of the annual process of baseball.

“It’s the same every year,” Moore said. “You want to come in here, meet the guys, work with the guys you haven’t caught before in bullpen sessions, understand what they’re trying to do and just go from there.”

Reliever Manny Delcarmen, who spent the first 5 1/2 seasons of his Major League career with his hometown Red Sox, was among those feeling his way through a new situation.

“I know [David] Pauley and [David] Aardsma and Chris Smith from Boston, so it’s always easier when you know somebody,” Delcarmen said. “This is a fresh start and it’s all the way on the West Coast, so it’s a little different. I’ve been in Fort Myers [Florida] the last 10 years and now I’m in Arizona, so it’s a little change, but I’m definitely excited about it.”

Add Manny Delcarmen to the bullpen battle

The growing list of relievers competing for jobs in the Mariners bullpen added an interesting name Thursday with the signing of veteran right-hander Manny Delcarmen to a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League camp.

DelcarmenAction.jpgDelcarmen, who’ll turn 29 next week, was a valued member of the Red Sox bullpen a few years ago and though he’s struggled a bit the past two years, brings a career 3.97 ERA in 298 appearances over six seasons.

Several teams were in pursuit of the free agent, who was released by Colorado in December after being acquired from the Red Sox in an Aug. 31 trade for young pitching prospect Chris-Balcom Miller.

Before that, Delcarmen had spent his entire career with his hometown Red Sox, who drafted him in the second round in 2000.

He was promoted to the Major Leagues in ’05 and went 11-6 with a 3.89 ERA over the next 5 1/2 seasons, including an outstanding ’07 season when he posted a 2.05 ERA while giving up just 28 hits in 44 innings.

In the two-year span of 2007-08, Delcarmen had a 2.81 ERA in 118 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .197 batting average while racking up 29 holds.

Last season, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder was 3-4 with a 4.99 ERA in 57 games with the Red Sox and Rockies.

Mariners pitchers and catchers report to camp in Peoria, Ariz., on Sunday and Delcarmen join the growing cast of characters competing for bullpen jobs. If he returns to his form of several years ago, he could be a valuable addition to a team looking at quite a few youngsters to fill middle-relief roles.

The Mariners already signed former Orioles closer Chris Ray on a similar Minor League deal to compete with returners David Aardsma and Brandon League and hard-throwing youngsters Dan Cortes and Josh Lueke among others for the late-inning roles.

Delcarmen becomes the 23rd non-roster the Major League camp, including 13 pitchers.

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