• Veteran right-hander Jeremy Bonderman has reported to the Mariners' Minor League camp and will continue his comeback with Triple-A Tacoma. Bonderman, who hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2010 while with the Tigers, competed for a starting job this spring before being reassigned to the Minor League camp on Wednesday.
The Mariners gave him several days to decide whether to retire or continue his comeback attempt. Bonderman underwent Tommy John surgery last April and previously dealt with shoulder and arm problems after eight seasons with the Tigers.
• Three Mariners will be participating in their first Opening Day in the Majors: right-handed relievers Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor and starter Brandon Maurer, who will make his debut Thursday.
• The Mariners are 21-15 in season openers and have won a club-record six in a row, including the last three against the A's in Oakland.
• Fans in Seattle can watch Monday's opener from Oakland on the new video screen at Safeco Field, with gates opening at 6 p.m. PT and free parking and admittance. More than 20,000 fans registered in advance and received a voucher for a free "True to the Blue" T-shirt. The T-shirt offer has now expired, but no registration is required for anyone who just wants to come and watch the game on Major League Baseball's largest video screen, in center field.
• Justin Smoak and Brendan Ryan are the only two position players still on the Mariners roster who were in the starting lineup on Opening Day two years ago.
• Tickets still are available for the Mariners' home opener on Monday, April 8, against the Astros. Jamie Moyer will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for that 7:10 p.m. PT game, and new left-hander Joe Saunders is the likely starter for the Mariners if they remain on schedule after the initial seven-game road trip.