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March 12, 2007 at 4:20 PM

M’s beat A’s, 6-5

The Mariners held on for a 6-5 victory over Oakland. Spring training wins and losses don’t mean much, but this one meant a little more than most considering Seattle’s abysmal 2-17 record against the A’s last year.
Just typing that — 2 and 17! — makes me realize how ridiculously bad it was, including a stretch of 15 losses in a row after the M’s beat the A’s 6-3 on Opening Day. They definitely want to start setting a new tone, even in spring training. The two teams meet right off the bat again for three games in Seattle to start the season.
The M’s blew their early 5-0 lead today, with struggling George Sherrill the main culprit. Sherrill gave up two home runs and four runs in the eighth as Oakland tied it. The most disturbing was a three-run shot by Erubiel Durazo, a left-handed bat off the left-handed Sherrill. Mike Hargrove said after the game he’s not too concerned about Sherrill, who is a notorious slow starter in spring.
The Mariners won it with an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth, when both team’s regulars were long gone. Jamie Burke singled, and pinch-runner Michael Garciaparra moved to second on a walk, then scored when Oakland shortstop J.J. Furmaniak made on error on Oswaldo Navarro’s ground ball.
Chris Reitsma was impressive in a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. Also impressive was Ryan Feierabend (it’s going to take me until the end of March to get down that e-i-e vowel combo in his last name), who worked three solid innings. But barring an injury to a starter, Feierabend is almost certainly not making the team no matter how well he pitches.

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