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    PHOENIX (AP) - Hisashi Iwakuma is trying both to work his way into the Seattle Mariners' rotation and get ready for the season in general.

    Iwakuma allowed five runs - three earned - on seven hits over four innings in the Oakland Athletics' 6-1 victory over Seattle split-squad team Friday night.

    "For the rotation, I need to have more effort to get the result for it," Iwakuma said through an interpreter. "For the season, I also need to work and get ready. I feel I'm getting better every time."

    The 30-year-old right hander was 6-7 with a 2.42 ERA for the Tohoka Rakuten Golden Eagles last season but started only 17 games because of right shoulder troubles. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Mariners in January.

    Iwakuma had a rocky start against the Athletics. Coco Crisp reached on an error, Eric Sogard had a hit-and-run single and Josh Reddick and Manny Ramirez added consecutive doubles to give Oakland a 3-0 lead.

    Collin Cowgill drove in Ramirez with two outs to complete the Athletics' four-run first.

    Iwakuma settled down giving up two hits but facing only seven batters in the second and third before giving up a fifth run on a walk, a single and a sacrifice fly by Adam Rosales in the fourth.

    "The difference between the first and second inning is I tried to pitch a little bit higher because they were aiming for the low ball," Iwakuma said. "Then I tried to use my curveball to change their minds and their eye levels."

    Oakland starter Graham Godfrey also struggled in the first, surrendering a run before he got an out as Chone Figgins walked, went to third on a single by Luis Rodriguez and came home on an Ichiro Suzuki single to right.

    After Ichiro, however, Godfrey retired the final 11 batters he faced and struck out five.

    "It was just a matter of getting under the lights for the first time," Godfrey said. "I was excited. I had a couple of body parts moving in different directions."

    Cowgill walked in the fourth to reach base in his 11th straight plate appearance before lining out in the sixth.

    "I was aware of it but I tried not to think of it," said Cowgill, who is on the bubble for a reserve spot on the roster. "I'm just trying to play as hard as I can and help this team win."

    NOTES: Ichiro finished 3 for 4. ... Ramirez, who hit his first spring home run on Tuesday, flew out to the warning track in the third and struck out looking in the fifth. ... Friday was the last of three spring meetings between the A's and Mariners, but they'll be seeing each other often in the coming weeks. Oakland and Seattle open the season with a two-game series beginning March 28 in Tokyo, then come home to play twice more April 6-7 in Oakland. They also meet for Seattle's home opener on April 13. ... The Mariners lost for just the second time in nine road games. ... Sogard has reached base in each of the 12 games in which he has played. ... Oakland leads the majors with 107 runs in 15 games.

     
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    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Chone Figgins, CF3100120 .190
    Luis Rodriguez, 2B4010010 .138
    Ichiro Suzuki, RF4031000 .409
    Mike Carp, LF4000033 .267
    Casper Wells, DH4000013 .182
    Kyle Seager, 3B4010003 .281
    John Jaso, 1B3000010 .071
    Jesus Sucre, C3000001 .100
        Guillermo Quiroz, C0000000 .143
    Gabriel Noriega, SS3000000 .000
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    2B - Ichiro Suzuki (2, Fuentes)
    RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (5)
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    Fielding
    DP - Rodriguez-Noriega-Jaso
    E - Gabriel Noriega (1, Throwing)
    Seattle Mariners
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Hisashi Iwakuma (L,1-1) 4753130 5.00
    Shawn Kelley 2100020 2.08
    Steve Delabar 1100020 1.80
    Chance Ruffin 1211010 6.75
    WP - Steve Delabar (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Hisashi Iwakuma 30-26, Shawn Kelley 11-11, Steve Delabar 9-8, Chance Ruffin 7-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisashi Iwakuma 5-4, Shawn Kelley 1-3, Steve Delabar 1-0
    Batters Faced - Hisashi Iwakuma 20, Shawn Kelley 7, Steve Delabar 4, Chance Ruffin 5
    Oakland Athletics
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Coco Crisp, CF3110001 .333
        Jeff Fiorentino, LF1000000 .375
    Eric Sogard, 2B3110002 .382
        Wes Timmons, 2B1010000 .375
    Josh Reddick, RF3112010 .393
        Michael Taylor, RF1000011 .211
    Manny Ramirez, DH3111010 .154
       a- Daric Barton, PH-DH1000011 .000
    Brandon Allen, 1B3020001 .280
        Chris Carter, 1B1000010 .250
    Kurt Suzuki, C3000023 .292
        Ryan Ortiz, C11100001.000
    Collin Cowgill, LF2111100 .414
        Grant Green, CF1000001 .143
    Josh Donaldson, 3B3010001 .238
        Josh Horton, 3B1011000 .250
    Adam Rosales, SS2001010 .182
       b- Tyler Ladendorf, PH-SS1000001 .333
    Totals34611618  
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    b-lined out for Rosales in the 8th
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    2B - Josh Reddick (2, Iwakuma), Manny Ramirez (1, Iwakuma), Brandon Allen (3, Iwakuma), Ryan Ortiz (1, Ruffin), Josh Horton (1, Ruffin)
    SF - Adam Rosales (2)
    RBI - Josh Reddick 2 (8), Manny Ramirez (2), Collin Cowgill (7), Josh Horton (1), Adam Rosales (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Collin Cowgill (1), Josh Horton (1)
    SB - Collin Cowgill (4, 2nd base off Iwakuma/Sucre)
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    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Graham Godfrey (W,1-1) 3.2211150 6.52
    Jerry Blevins (H,3) 1.1000000 2.25
    Brian Fuentes (H,4) 1100010 9.00
    Grant Balfour (H,3) 1100000 9.64
    Jordan Norberto 2100020 2.84
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    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Graham Godfrey 5-1, Jerry Blevins 4-0, Brian Fuentes 1-1, Grant Balfour 1-2, Jordan Norberto 3-1
    Batters Faced - Graham Godfrey 14, Jerry Blevins 4, Brian Fuentes 4, Grant Balfour 4, Jordan Norberto 7
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    Attendance - 9038
    Game Time - 2:34
    Temperature - 85
    Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Dale Scott