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March 7, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Wrapping up the day

Sorry for the delay for the daily wrapup post. Had a couple other things to deal with real quick and also decided to make the drive back from Phoenix first, which is kind of tricky this time of day.
Anyway, a good day all around for the M’s as they got a 6-3 win over the A’s and also pretty good pitching performances from Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda.
Hernandez avoided decapitaiton on his second pitch of the year to go 2.2 innings with three strikesouts, five hits (two bloopers) and one run in his first start of the spring.
As noted in the game blog, Hernandez felt like he saw what he wanted out of all of his pitches and that he felt good throughout — all that really matters this time of year.
Pineda gave up a hit and two walks with a strikeout in two scoreless innings, again impressing manager Eric Wedge who said he “threw the ball well, did a good job with his fastball, continues to be confident with his secondary stuff, and is able to slow it down when he needs to slow it down which is always nice to see for a young pitcher.”
Still too early to know what Pineda’s status is for the beginning of the season, but it was a day when he did nothing to dim the optimism.
Pineda had a few rough moments in his second inning with a walk and a hit, prompting a quick visit from pitching coach Carl Willis.
Said Wedge of the visit: “We’re going to do that from time to time here, especially with younger kids whether it just be slowing them down or just something we might notice to get him back on track.”
But overall, he couldn’t sound happier with Pineda saying “the way he is handling himself for a young pitcher fighting for a spot in the starting rotation, he is handling himself really well.”
Wedge said the plan was to just go two innings with Pineda and he will now be separated from Hernandez, going a day earlier, so each can stretch out (and I guess read into that what you want that it would put him on track to be the No. 5 starter if they decided to go that route).
The M’s also got a few innings out of the Jack Wilson-Brendan Ryan 2B-SS combo, though there were no double play opportunities. Wedge said that “we’ll continue to see both of those guys at second base and shortstop and just figure out what is the best combination for us.”
The M’s got six runs on only six hits, taking advantage of six walks and two errors. Seattle had two doubles and four singles and hasn’t hit a homer since Tuesday.
But Wedge said he liked what he saw of the offense. “I’m pleased with a lot of the progess that we are making individually and really pleased. The situational offense was really good today, pleased the way we ran the bases, too. So a lot of good things to see out there today.”
Catcher Chris Giminez was the offensive start going 1-2 with two walks, a double, and two RBI. He took the place of Adam Moore, who was initially in the lineup but then scratched after turning up sick.
“He was just a little bit under the weather so we sent him home and he’ll be back out there tomorrow hopefully,” Wedge said.
Jason Vargas will start tomorrow and go three innings, Wedge said. Luke French will also start a B game against the Dodgers in Glendale. Word is that game will truly be a “B” game featuring younger players and the like.

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