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The Mariners prevailed 5-3 in a rain-shortened, seven-inning affair that lasted two hours and 32 minutes. Seattle improves to 3-0 in the Cactus League (yes, I just referenced their record).
Manager Lloyd McClendon puts little stock in to spring training wins.
“We’re not going to get carried away, spring training ball is spring training ball,” McClendon said. “It usually means your Triple A guys are better than their Triple A guys. You have to be realistic in what you are trying to accomplish. But there are certain things we are looking for and there’s a certain effort that our guys are doing a nice job with.”
Scott Baker got the start and worked two scoreless innings.
“I thought the ball came out really well,” McClendon said. “It was good to see him competing again.”
Robinson Cano went 2-for-3 with an RBI single. He also made a couple of nice plays in the field. You can see all of them below …
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Justin Smoak went 2-for-3 with a double off the batter’s eye and a single. Both of his hits came from the right-side. Three of his hits this spring are from the right side. Smoak has been working with Cano and hitting coach Howard Johnson to correct some issues.
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“It’s nice to see him get some positive results early on,” McClendon said. “That’s always good because you can build off that. There’s nothing like confidence in this game.”
Here’s highlights of Dustin Ackley’s RBI double, Logan Morrison’s RBI double and Carlos Triunfel’s sac fly
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Here’s the box score and play by play …. 03.01.14 Box Score