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March 16, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Mariners beat Angels behind strong performance from Elias

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The story of the day for the Mariners was the pitching of non-roster invitee Roenis Elias, who got something of a showcase start and allowed just two hits and one run in five innings, needing just 18 batters and 15 pitches to get the win as Seattle beat the Angels 5-3 (boxscore here).

“He threw strikes, showed a lot of poise, was down in the zone,’’ manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He made quality pitches and held the runners. Pretty good outing for him.’’

Elias has an interesting background as a Cuban defector, something I wrote about for a story for the Monday paper, so I won’t get into that much now.

It’s hard to tell if he’s got a real chance to get into the rotation or on the Opening Day roster. McClendon didn’t say much on that after the game other than that everyone left on the roster has a shot and that “he’s still here.” You can see that in the video below.

Elias has a little bit of a door open for him due to some of the injuries with the Mariners’ staff, something he said he realizes. He said he wanted to show the team Sunday he has his control in order — he had two walks.

“Mainly just the focus and concentration,” he said of what worked well against the Angels. “Focusing on don’t give up a walk. Make sure you throw strikes.”

Seattle improved to 14-5-2 and will have a much-needed off day Monday.

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