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March 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Cactus League game #9 — Mariners at White Sox

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Greetings from Camelback Ranch. The game will be live streamed today on www. mariners.com

Here’s the gamecast … it’s pretty slow and not pitch F/x

Here’s today’s GAME NOTES .… 03.06.14 ST Game Notes

Here’s the expected pitchers  …

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John Danks gets the start today for Chicago. I’m interested to watch him since  he had capsule repair like Danny Hultzen. Danks had the surgery in August of 2012, and pitched last season, but struggled at times. The believe is that the extra time will help find his command.

DJ Peterson and Tyler Smith are both here and in uniform. They will likely get in the game later. So that will be interesting to watch as well.

First inning

Adam Dunn dropped a routine throw to first, allowing Stefen Romero to reach base. Kyle Seager followed with a single up the middle. Both players moved up a base with separate steals. But Danks came back to strike out Corey Hart, walked Jesus Montero and struck out Brad Miller on a foul tip to end the inning.

Scott Baker gave up a lead-off bunt single to Adam Eaton, but then got a pair of fly outs to center. Xavier Avery saved the inning by making a brilliant diving catch on Adam Dunn’s hard liner to right field.

White Sox 0, Mariners 0

Second inning

Danks retires Avery, Buck and Bloomquist in order.

Some solid defense played in that inning. Brad Miller made a nice backhand stop deep in the hole at shortstop, and then gathered himself and fired to first to get Paul Konerko, who was Monteroing down the line, by several steps. Later in the inning, Stefen Romero hustled in, took charge and called off Miller on a shallow pop up to left. After watching Romero play in Tacoma last year in left field, there is no comparison to how much better he is this year. There’s a level of confidence. His routes to balls are cleaner and without hesitation. Does that mean he’s ready for the big leagues? He might be at least a half year away.

White Sox 0, Mariners 0

Third inning

Kyle Seager draws a two-out walk, but that’s about it. Danks is done for the day. He allowed one hit with two walks and two strikes in three innings.

The White Sox push across a run. Keenyn Walker hit a dribbling double down the left-field line. He moved to second on Adam Eaton’s single. The White Sox then executed a double steal, which was aided by John Buck’s throw into center field.

White Sox 1, Mariners 0.

Fourth inning

Hey, the Mariners have a lead. Jesus Montero led off with a single to right off of Mitchell Boggs. Brad Miller walked. Xavier Avery sac bunted them up a base and John Buck hit a fly ball to center field that was deep enough to allow Montero to tag up and score from third. Willie Bloomquist then scrapped a double to left to score Miller from second.

Fernando Rodney made his Mariners debut. He picked up two quick outs, getting Adam Dunn to ground out to first and striking out Konerko. Dayan Viciedo prevented the inning from being perfect with a two-out double to right field.  Rodney then gave up a soft single to allow the  run to score. He got out of the inning with a flyball to left.

Mariners 2, White Sox 2

Fifth inning

Jake Petricka comes in for the White Sox and strikes out Romero, Seager and Hart.

Roenias Elias gave up a one-out single, but managed to work out of the inning without giving up a run.

Sixth inning

Scott Snodgrass retires Montero, Miller and Avery in order.

Elias gives up the lead. He gave up a pair of singles to Dunn and Konerko, and then Bloomquist muffed a likely double play ball. A run later scored on a fielder’s choice when the Mariners couldn’t quite turn a 6-4-3 double play. Another fielder’s choice on a failed double play led to another run.

White Sox 4, Mariners 2.

 Seventh inning

So while we were down talking to Fernando Rodney, the Mariners took a 5-4 lead scoring three runs on two-out RBI singles from DJ Peterson, Cole Gillespie and Jesus Montero.

Elias was able to get out of the inning after giving up a one-out single.

Mariners 5, White Sox 4

Eighth inning

Donnie Veal retired the side in order.

Tom Wilhelmsen struck out the first two hitters he faced and then gave up a single to Carlos Sanchez. But got a groundball out to end the inning.

Ninth inning

James Jones led off the inning with a single off of Cody Winiarski. Stefen Romero followed with a laser over the head of the centerfielder for a triple. Cole Gillespie later scored Romero with a single up the middle to push the lead to 7-4.

Headed down to the field

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