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March 10, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Cactus League game #14 — Royals at a split squad of Mariners

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GAME CAST ….  The game is being broadcast on www.mariners.com

Game notes ... 03.10.14 ST Game Notes (vs. KC)

Updated Cactus League Stats … 03.10.14 Stats

Sorry for the delay. I was experiencing technical difficulties.

First inning

Brandon Maurer gave up a lead-off single to Nori Aoki, but he got Omar Infante to pop up to second. Robinson Cano then made a nice play on a slow roller and flipped to Nick Franklin, who spun and fired to first for the double play. Cano is so smooth in the field.

Abraham Almonte reached on an error from shortstop Jason Donald. He went from first to third on Cano’s single up the middle. Smoak then scored Almonte, launching a ball to center that Jarrod Dyson was forced to make a leaping catch at the all on. Almonte tagged easily and scored.

Mariners 1, Royals 0.

Second inning

The Royals answered with a run in the top of the second. Billy “Country Breakfast” Butler doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning. He moved to second on Alex Gordon’s shattered bat ground out to second. Maurer then struck out Salvador Perez. But with two outs, Mike Moustakas yanked an 0-1 fastball through the right side. Maurer came back to get a ground ball out to end the inning.

Mariners go down 1-2-3 to James Shields.

Mariners 1, Royals 1

Third inning

Two out hits plagued Brandon Maurer. After retiring Dyson and Aoki, He gave up three straight singles to Omar Infante, Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler, which led to a run. McClendon lifted him after the Butler single and 47 pitches. Minor leaguer Stephen Shackleford came in and gave up a double to Alex Gordon to let both inherited runners score. Pinch hitter Adam Moore, yes, that Adam Moore  drew a walk and Moustakas singled bast a sliding Cano for another run to score. Shackleford walked Jason Donald and then walked in a run. But mercifully it came to an end after the 11th batter of the inning – Aoki – flew out to center.

Maurer’s line:  2 2/3 innings, three runs, six hits,  no walks and a strikeout.

Shields retires the Mariners in order 1-2-3 to end the inning.

Fourth inning

Stephen Kohlscheen worked a scoreless inning. He struck out Omar Infante on a pitch in the dirt that got by John Buck to allow Infante to get to first. But he retired the next three batters, striking out Alex Gordon to end the inning.

Interesting half inning for the Mariners. Cano leads off with a laser of a single up the middle. Smoak follows with a double to left-center that bounced over the wall. But Cano is picked off at third by Shields on a move that would have made Balkin’ Bob Davidson’s head explode. James Jones scored Smoak from second with a single to center. But he was later thrown out trying to steal second.

Royals 6, Mariners 2

Fifth inning

Royals finally go down in order.

John Buck hammers a double to center over the head of Jarrod Dyson with two outs, ending Shields’ day, but he’s stranded there Almonte grounds out to first.

Sixth inning

The Royals grabbed another run on a fielding miscue by Xavier Avery. Carlos Peguero made an appearance in the inning and walked on four pitches.

Cano comes up with his third hit of the day. Three hits in three at-bats. But nothing much comes of the inning.

Seventh inning

Medina retires the side in order.

The massive human being that is Jon Rauch retires the Mariners in order.

Eighth inning

Ramon Ramirez works a 1-2-3 inning, including a groundball out from Peguero.

Francisley “No” Bueno retires the Mariners in order.

The long pause on the game blog came from talking to Maurer and Cano. Maurer wasn’t displeased with his outing, but admitted he tired a little in that third inning. He was happy with his change-up which he’s working extensively on this spring.

Cano said the root canal came when the problem was discovered during a routine cleaning. They took an x-ray and found the issue.

“They said this is the time to do it,” Cano said.

He underwent the procedure after clearing it with Mariners trainers. He was shut down for two days from full activity and then on the third day he was told he could swing lightly. So basically he decided to hit dry black beans tossed to him with a broom stick.

“I’m the kind of guy, I love this game and it’s what I know how to do,” he said. “It makes no sense to sit at home and not do anything.”

Cano said the because of the narrowness of the broom stick and the size of the beans, it was a challenge.

“Cause you know, it’s hard, those things are little,” he said.

So there is that. It must work since he had three hits in three at-bats.

“It feels good at the plate,” he said. “I’m not trying to do too much. Usually in spring training I just like to work on my swing and go middle away and not try to pull anything. I always say. I’m not a homer guy.”

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