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March 14, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Mariners-Royals game thread, March 14

BOTTOM EIGHT — Three quick outs for M’s in bottom of eighth. We’ll see if Tom Wilhelmsen can close it out.
TOP OF EIGHTH — Nothing for Royals in top of eight to it remains 6-2. Good inning for Cesar Jimenez who got three outs sandwiched around an error.
STILL 6-2 TO THE EIGHTH — M’s nothing in the seventh so 6-2 to top eight.
ROYALS GET TWO IN 7TH OFF OLIVER PEREZ — Perez gave up two singles, but both runs were unearned thanks to an error by first baseman Alex Liddi, who let a grounder get by him that allowed the first one to score and kept the inning alive. 6-2 to bottom seventh.
M’S BLOW IT OPEN IN SIXTH — The Mariners got four runs in the sixth to take a 6-0 lead. Two came home on a 2-run double by Saunders, now hitting .417 on the spring with four doubles. Catricala then singled home Saunders and came home on a double by Gabriel Noriega.
OFFICIAL LINE ON MILLWOOD — He threw four innings, allowing one hit with three walks and a strikeout. He threw 53 pitches, 32 for strikes.
We just talked to him and he said he was “drifting toward the plate too early” in the first two innings when he gave up the three walks. He said he fixed that during the second and third innings and cruised through the last two, facing the minimum six batters. He said he “wasn’t ecstatic” about his overall outing but was pleased he was able to make that adjustment and that he felt he could have pitched a few more innings.
Score remains 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth.
RYAN INJURY SAID NOT SERIOUS — Official word on Brendan Ryan was he felt tightness in his left quad but that it’s not serious and he left mostly for precautionary reasons.
The game remains 2-0 Mariners in the top of the sixth.
MARINERS GET TWO IN THE FOURTH — A sac fly by Olivo and a blooper to right by Catricala scored two runs, to make it 2-0 heading to the fifth.
RYAN LEAVES — Brendan Ryan has just left the field with trainer Rick Griffin. We’re unclear what the injury may be but it appears related to a play last inning when he was on first and ran past second on a long fly and then raced back to first in an attempt to beat the throw to double him up. The throw beat Ryan but the first baseman couldn’t handle it and he was safe.
TOP FOUR —- Millwood gave up a single, but a double play and a called K ended it quickly. He’s allowed one hit in 4 innings, game still scoreless. He’s thrown 51 pitches by my count and appears done for the night in a performance that won’t hurt his chances of landing a spot in the Mariners rotation.
BOTTOM THIRD — Catricala walked to lead off but that was it for the M’s in the third, so it remains scoreless heading to the fourth. Millwood still in, though this is probably his last inning.
TOP THIRD — 1-2-3 inning for Millwood on just seven pitches and still scoreless going to the bottom of three. He’s thrown 42 pitches through three innings and while he’s allowed three walks and a few hard-hit balls, he’s gotten the outs when needed and gotten sharper as the game has gone on.
BOTTOM SECOND — Three up, three down for M’s in second, including Saunders breaking his bat and grounding weakly to short on a 3-1 pitch.
TOP SECOND — Millwood allowed a walk and then got three straight outs, so still scoreless to the bottom of two.
FIRST ENDS SCORELESS — An Ichiro single but nothing else for Mariners against Aaron Crow — an All-Star as a reliever last year and maybe a starter for the Royals this year.
MILLWOOD ESCAPES JAM IN FIRST — Maybe the most interesting thing about this game is Kevin Millwood, making his second start of the spring. Millwood’s contract states he can opt out if he’s not on the 40-man roster on March 22, so the Mariners may have to make a quick decision on whether he can help.
He got out of the first unscathed, though not without some drama as he walked two batters and then threw a ball to Jeff Francoeur. But he then got Francouer to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. By my count, he threw 14 pitches.
PRE-GAME — It’s the first of three straight under the lights for the Mariners, tonight against the Royals in a game that will be televised live on ROOT Sports.
Here’s Seattle’s lineup:
Dustin Ackley, 2B
Casper Wells, DH
Ichiro, RF
Justin Smoak, 1B
Carlos Peguero, LF
Miguel Olivo, C
Michael Saunders, CF
Vinnie Catricala, 3B
Brendan Ryan, SS
Kevin Millwood, P
Others scheduled to pitch are: Kevin Fox, Steve Delabar, Oliver Perez, Cesar Jimenez, Lucas Luetge, Tom Wilhelmsen.
Not a lot of others listed as potentials to play, so the lineup you see above may go a lot of the game — manager Eric Wedge said yesterday they want to start getting some of the regulars a lot of innings in right now to prepare them for the Japan trip.
Others listed as playing are: IF Alex Liddi, OF Mike Wilson and catchers Jesus Sucre and Guillermo Quiroz, and then five players from the minor league camp — IFs Jharmidy De Jesus, Gabriel Noriega, Stefen Romero, Jabari Blash and Guillermo Pimentel.
Here’s Kansas City’s lineup:
Alex Gordon, LF
Chris Getz, 2B
Eric Hosmer, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, DH
Mitch Maier, RF
Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B
Lorenzo Cain, CF
Brayan Pena, C
Alcides Escobar, SS
Aaron Crow, RHP

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