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Mariners set to kick off their 2014 Caravan tour

Farquhar will help open three weeks of community stops in Pacific Northwest

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SEATTLE -- Danny Farquhar, who saved 16 games last year as a rookie closer, will highlight the first leg of the 2014 Seattle Mariners Caravan as it hits the road Tuesday for the start of three weeks of community appearances across the Pacific Northwest.

At various stops from Jan. 7-24, the Caravan will allow current and former Mariners players, announcers and the Mariners Moose to host assemblies for school groups and Boys & Girls Clubs, as well as several free public autograph and photo sessions along the way.

The first stops on Tuesday will be in Pierce County at Dieringer Heights Elementary School in Lake Tapps and the Cheney Family Branch Boys & Girls Club in Gig Harbor, with the road tour also hitting Olympia, Tenino, Longview/Kelso and Hillsboro, Ore., in the first week.

The initial open public autograph and photo session will be on Wednesday in Lacey from 4:15-5:45 p.m. PT at the Worthington Center at Saint Martin's University.

The Caravan will eventually travel from Portland, Ore., to Vancouver, B.C., and as far east as Spokane during its three-week stint.

Farquhar will be joined on the first week of the tour by broadcaster Dave Sims and the Mariners Moose. Reliever Charlie Furbush had been scheduled to participate in the opening week as well, but has run into travel issues getting out of his offseason home in Maine due to heavy snow on the East Coast.

Also scheduled to appear on the Caravan at different times are infielders Nick Franklin and Brad Miller, outfielder Michael Saunders, pitchers James Paxton and Brandon Maurer and announcers Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Mike Blowers.

A schedule of the public appearances for the Caravan is available at mariners.com/caravan. It will be updated regularly with events and activities.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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