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March 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

A split squad sweep: M’s crush Rockies, 8-1; slip past Reds, 6-5.

 Update 5:25 p.m. … keys have been located. Long story, led to me being bitter and angry and frustrated. So basically normal behavior. Carry on. 

Box score vs. Rockies … 03.03.14 Box Score (COL)

Box score vs. Reds …. 03.03.14 Box Score (CIN)

It’s a split squad sweep for the Cactus League juggernaut. The Mariners rode a five-run fifth inning, highlighted by Dustin Ackley’s bases loaded, three-run double, to roll to a win over the Rockies in Peoria. Over in Goodyear, Chris Taylor hit a grand slam to lead the Mariners to a 6-5 comeback win.

In Peoria, Blake Beavan got the start, working three innings and giving up one run on four hits with no walks and no strikeouts.

Beavan was pleased with the results. A year ago, he had changed his mechanics and delivery in hopes of getting more downward plane with the ball. But he admitted it was a mistake. He could never quite get the feel with the mechanics and it affected his command, particularly with offspeed pitchers.

“I just never felt comfortable at all,” he said.

He scrapped the mechanics  after being sent back down to Tacoma, but had picked up some bad habits. This offseason, he went back to his old routine.

This year, he’s added a cut fastball to use on lefties, and he also is trying to use his change-up more against left-handed hitters.

“I used it six times and got three ground balls,” Beavan said. “That will be an important pitch for me.”

Obviously, Ackley’s progress is big. McClendon made note of the swing and stance changes Ackley made last season and the failure of those changes.

“We are just trying to get him in a good place and keep him there,” he said.

Ackley went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the game. He is now 6-for-10 with three doubles, homer and six RBIs.

Here’s some highlights from today including Hart scoring on a double steal that McClendon said was not supposed to happen. “I fainted when I saw that,” McClendon said. “He wasn’t supposed to go.” There’s a double play from Nick Franklin and double from him. Cano’s RBI single, a catch by Almonte, a nice play from Tyler Smith in the field and his triple.

And still no keys

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