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March 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Seattle suffers split squad sweep on Saturday

Rockies 4, Mariners 3

Box score … 03.22.14 Box Score SEA at COL

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Roenis Elias won’t bow out of the race for the rotation and Brad Miller won’t stop hitting.

Elias, who is still fighting to win of the remaining spots in the rotation, turned in yet another promising outing on Saturday at Salt River Field. The 25-year-old lefty pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

“He threw the ball extremely well,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “I was very pleased. He’s certainly made a statement for himself.”

Elias will make another start this spring according to McClendon.

Miller went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles,  a RBI and a run scored. He’s now hitting .463 (19-for-41) this spring. Teammate Robinson Cano went 0-for-4 on the day, something that hasn’t this spring. The Mariners also got a big offensive lift from Justin Smoak, who hit a homer and singled off of Rockies starter Brett Anderson.

A’s 6, Mariners 5

Box score … 03.22.14 Box Score SEA at OAK

It wasn’t the type of outing Scott Baker wanted with the end of spring training nearing. The veteran right-hander struggled against the A’s going just four innings and giving up six runs on seven hits with six walks and no strikeouts. Stephen Vogt hit a pair of homers off of Baker for the A’s.

Baker is competing with Elias and Randy Wolf for a spot in the rotation and the latest outing isn’t helping his cause. Baker has been shaky his last two outings, giving up 11 runs in seven innings pitched.

The Mariners got big days at the plate from Logan Morrison and Stefen Romero. Morrison blasted a two-run homer and also had a RBI single, while Romero went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI.

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