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2008 Mariners Caravan Includes Stops in 21 Communities Across Pacific Northwest

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SEATTLE, Wash. - The 2008 Seattle Mariners Caravan rolls into the Tri-Cities on Tuesday, January 15, with a free public autograph session at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, and a visit to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland on Wednesday, January 16 by Mariners pitchers Mark Lowe and Eric O'Flaherty and new Mariners bullpen coach Norm Charlton.

Over a three-week period (January 8-25), the Caravan will make stops in 21 communities across the Pacific Northwest from Portland to Vancouver, B.C., Bremerton to Spokane, and points in between.

At various stops on the Caravan, current and former Seattle Mariners players, announcers, and the Mariner Moose host assemblies for elementary school students and free public autograph and photo sessions.

The autograph session is from 4:30-6pm on Tuesday at Columbia Basin College Gym (2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco). Autograph appearances are free and open to the general public. Attendees receive a complimentary Mariners 2008 schedule poster, autographs, photos with the Mariner Moose, and the chance to win great prizes.

On Wednesday, January 16, the Mariners Caravan stops at Kadlec Medical Center, (888 Swift Blvd., Richland) for a Get Well Tour. During the Get Well Tour, children will receive autographs and photos with players and the Mariner Moose, along with Marines souvenirs.

Mark Lowe and Eric O'Flaherty are two of the prized young arms in the Mariners organization. O'Flaherty, a native of Walla Walla, went 7-1 last season in 56 relief appearances. He tied for the American League lead among rookie pitchers with 7 wins and was 12th in strikeouts with 36. Lowe made his Major League debut in 2006 with a 1-0 record and a 1.93 ERA. He was also named Mariners Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2006 by Mariners player development staff. Lowe spent most of the 2007 season on the disabled list.

Norm Charlton had three tours with the Mariners as a player (1993, 1995-97, 2001-2002) and had been a scout and special assignment coach in the Mariners system since 2003. He was named bullpen coach on October 22, his first coaching assignment at the Major League level. Charlton currently ranks 4th on the Mariners all-time saves list with 67 and 10th with 249 games.

Other stops during the second week of the Caravan include Wenatchee, Yakima, Walla Walla, and Spokane.

Seattle Mariners 2008 Caravan Itinerary

Week 2

Mon., Jan. 14

1:45-2:15pm E. Wenatchee D.R.E.A.M. Team Assembly, Cascade Elementary School, 2330 North Baker Ave. Mark Lowe, Eric O'Flaherty, Mariner Moose

4:15-5:45pm Wenatchee Free public autograph session, Wenatchee Valley College W. Smith Gym, 1300 5th St. Mark Lowe, Eric O'Flaherty, Mariner Moose

Tues., Jan. 15

4:30-6pm Pasco Free public autograph session, Columbia Basin College Gym, 2600 N. 20th Ave. Mark Lowe, Eric O'Flaherty, Norm Charlton, Mariner Moose

7-7:45pm Pasco Columbia Basin College Athletics Dinner & Auction, 2600 N. 20th Ave. Mark Lowe, Eric O'Flaherty, Norm Charlton, Mariner Moose

Wed., Jan. 16

11:30am-12:30pm Richland Get Well Tour, Kadlec Medical Center, 888 Swift Blvd. Mark Lowe, Eric O'Flaherty, Norm Charlton, Mariner Moose

4-5:30pm Walla Walla Free public autograph session, Whitman College Sherwood Center, 345 Boyer Ave. Mark Lowe, Eric O'Flaherty, Norm Charlton, Mariner Moose

Thurs., Jan. 17

1:45-2:45pm Spokane Get Well Tour, Shriners Hospital for Children, 911 W. 5th Mark Lowe, Eric O'Flaherty, Norm Charlton, Mariner Moose

4:15-5:45pm Spokane Free public autograph session, Gonzaga Prep High School Barbieri Student Center, 1224 E. Euclid Ave. Mark Lowe, Eric O'Flaherty, Norm Charlton, Mariner Moose

Fri., Jan. 18

12:45-1:45pm Spokane Get Well Tour, Sacred Heart Medical Center, 101 West. 8th Mark Lowe, Eric O'Flaherty, Norm Charlton, Mariner Moose

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