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March 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Cactus League Game #13 — Rangers at Mariners

Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 9.38.26 AMGreetings as you can see by the picture, it’s gorgeous day in Peoria. Temperatures supposed to get to low 80s and there’s a little breeze. Should be a packed house.

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The game can heard on ESPN 710 or on

Here’s the gamecast link  ….

GAME NOTES …. 03.09.14 ST Game Notes

Lloyd McClendon said not to ready too much into any line-ups or positioning at this point in spring. They are just getting guys out there for at-bats and time in the field.

McClendon pretty candid about Jesus Montero. Yes, he hit two homers but there is still work to be done … a lot of work.

“He was better the last three days, and he was horse$%^ before that,” McClendon said. “We’ll see how it goes. He’s doing better. He knows what he has to do. The ball is in his court. He’s still got to get himself in better shape and drop some weights.”

AS for his time at first base?

“He needs a lot more work over there. It starts this morning,” McClendon said. “In fairness to him, he hasn’t been ove there much. I don’t expect him to get all this overnight. First base is a very difficult position to play.”

First inning

Felix Hernandez walks Jurickson Profar to lead off the game, but comes back to retire Elvis Andrus, Prince Fielder and Michael Choice.

Not much going for the Mariners. The inning ends when Kyle Seager is thrown out trying to steal second with Justin Smoak at the plate.

Second inning

The Rangers grabbed a 1-0 lead on ground rule double from Robinson Chirinos that scored Jim Adduci from third.

The Mariners got a two-out walk from Logan Morrison, but nothing more.

Third inning

Felix Hernandez didn’t make it out of the third. He gave up a one out single to Elvis Andrus that Corey Hart couldn’t make a diving catch on. Prince Fielder then followed with a double off the wall in left-center. Michael Saunders, who played the ball nicely off the wall, fired to the relay man Brad Miller, who turned and delivered a perfect throw home. But Andrus slid in just under the tag of Mike Zunino. Hernandez struck out Michael Choice but the pitch in the dirt allowed him to reach first. After 48 pitches, McClendon lifted Hernandez for Luetge.  Luetge gave up a two-run double – both runs charged to Hernandez. He also gave up another RBI single before getting out of the inning.

Hernandez’s line … 2 1/3 IP, four hits, four runs, walk and four strikeouts.

The M’s get a run. Michael Saunders and Brad Miller had back-to-back singles to start the inning. Willie Bloomquist delivered a one-out line-drive single to center. Saunders tried to score from second but Leonys Martin made a nice throw to get him at home. Kyle Seager did come up with an RBI single up the middle to score Miller.

Rangers 5, Mariners 1

Fourth inning

Rangers go down 1-2-3 in the top of the inning. Willie Bloomquist made a couple of nice plays at second base on ground balls up the middle.

The Mariners cut the lead to 5-3. Corey Hart got a lead-off walk and scored on Logan Morrison’s double to center. Michael Saunders later scored Morrison on a sac fly. Seattle tried to add another run, but Brad Miller was thrown out at home by Michael Choice.

Rangers 5, Mariners 3.

Felix on his outing …

“Yeah, I probably deserved better,” he said. “But I feel pretty good out there. I was throwing a lot of strikes.”

On his change-up?

“It was much, much better. The feel was better. My mechanics were way better.”

On the numbers?

“It’s spring training, man,” he said. “I was pissed. I want to throw zeroes up there. But it’s spring training, I don’t care.”

Fifth inning

Fernando Rodney entered the game in the fifth inning and exited before the inning was over. He hit the first batter he faced, gave up a single to start. He came back to strike out Adam Rosales and got Kensuke Tanaka to pop out. But with two outs, Robinson Chirinos blooped in a soft single to right field to allow both runs to scored. After walking Martin, Rodney was lifted for Zach Miner, who closed out the inning. Rangers lead 7-3.

Bloomquist led off with an infield single – his third hit of the game – but nothing amounted of the base runner. Kyle Seager hit into a fielder’s choice while Smoak and Hart both struck out.

Sixth inning

Zach Miner gave up a solo homer to deep left-center off the bat of Michael Choice.

The Mariners go down 1-2-3.

Seventh inning

Tom Wilhelmsen worked a scoreless inning. He did give up a single to Robinson Chirinos – his fourth hit of the day.

Jason Frasor struck out Brad Miller, Xavier Avery and Ty Kelly.

 Eighth inning

Wilhelmsen worked a second scoreless inning getting three ground ball outs.



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