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March 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Mariners open Cactus League play against Oakland Athletics

Just saw Jesus Montero walking around and talking to folks in the clubhouse. Looks like he’ll be OK. Mariners don’t want him speaking until manager Eric Wedge addresses the media first about why he came out of the game. Something about Mariners protocol, but it looks like he just got bell rung and was taken out as a precaution.
Johermyn Chavez hit a home run for the Mariners while we were downstairs, accounting for Seattle’s eighth run in this 8-5 game. That’s five homers for Seattle on this windy day with the gusts blowing out — especially to right field.

1:47 p.m.: Jesus Montero hit his home run, but then was taken out of the game in the bottom of the fifth when he had two striaght pitches fouled off his mask area. Eric Wedge immediately took him out of the game and replaced him with John Jaso.
The A’s scored an unearned run off Shawn Kelley that inning, cutting Seattle’s lead to 7-2.
1:32 p.m.: Jesus Montero just made everyone dream of the future with a home run to center in the fifth inning that makes it 7-1 for the Mariners. The ball looked like a pop fly coming off his bat. He didnt even get all of it squarely, but it still carried deep. That’s four homers for the M’s today (Luis Rodriguez hit a solo shot to start the fifth).
1:20 p.m.: Carlos Peguero can hit the ball a long way when he actually does make contact and that’s exactly what he did in the fourth inning, swatting the first pitch he saw from Tommy Milone over the right field wall. Jesus Montero had reached on an error, so it’s a two-run blast for Peguero and a 4-1 lead for the Mariners.
12:36 p.m.: Michael Saunders just got his first at-bat since the Franklin Gutierrez injury and he seized the moment by the throat. He drilled a two-run homer to right field on a 1-2 pitch from Graham Godfrey to put Seattle ahead 2-1 heading to the bottom of the second.
Godfrey jumped ahead 1-2 in the count and Saunders missed a couple of pitches, fouling them straight back. But he had his timing going and didn’t miss the next one. Alex Liddi had kept the inning alive with a double blasted to deep center.
12:26 p.m.: Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Jemile Weeks battled Blake Beavan, fouling off several pitches before lacing a double to right center. He moved over on a groundout and scored on a single to left by Coco Crisp.
Manny Ramirez grounded into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
12:13 p.m.: The A’s are putting their major league team out there while the M’s have three guys — Kyle Seager, Casper Wells and Michael Saunders — who have any shot at manning a regular position this season. OK, make it four. I like that Jesus Montero guy. Where’d he come from?
Seattle saw Wells draw a two-out walk in the top of the first inning. Jesus Montero then drilled a liner all the way to the warning track in center, but it was caught by Coco Crisp. Kid’s got power.
The lineups:
SS Munenori Kawasaki
3B Kyle Seager
LF Casper Wells
C Jesus Montero
RF Carlos Peguero
DH Vinnie Catricala
1B Alex Liddi
CF Michael Saunders
2B Luis Rodriguez
RHP Blake Beavan
2B Jemile Weeks
SS Cliff Pennington
CF Coco Crisp
DH Manny (being Manny) Ramirez
LF Seth Smith
RF Josh Reddick
C Kurt Suzuki
1B Brandon Allen
3B Josh Donaldson
RHP Graham Godfrey

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