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Texas at Seattle

W: B. Maurer (1-0) L: C. Burns (0-1) S: L. Bawcom (1)
HR: TEX - M. Moreland (2)   SEA - C. Peguero (3),M. Saunders (2),J. Bay (2),M. Morse (1)

Mariners 8, Rangers 6


PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - The Seattle Mariners wanted to add power and production to this season's lineup, importing veteran hitters while also moving in fences at spacious Safeco Field.

While Cactus League stats shouldn't be taken too seriously, the Mariners' beefed-up offense is hitting home runs at a rapid rate. Jason Bay, Michael Morse, Michael Saunders and Carlos Peguero connected Friday in an 8-6 win over the Texas Rangers.

The Mariners lead the majors in homers this spring. They have connected for 18 in eight games - and won seven in a row.

Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer for the Rangers, but they couldn't keep up with the Mariners.

After acquiring Morse and Kendrys Morales in trade sand signing Raul Ibanez and Bay, Seattle hopes these offensive outbursts are a sign of good things to come.

"We had a hole that we tried to fill in the offseason," Saunders said. "In terms of pitching, defense and running the bases, I thought we were among the best around. Our issue was offense.

"By getting quality bats that you can stick in the middle of the lineup, it takes some pressure off the younger guys and allows them to progress without tremendous pressure. That's generated some excitement for Mariners baseball," he said.

The Mariners have won seven straight spring training games for the first time since 1998. But the time of year can temper long-term optimism. Questions remain about whether this revamped offense will produce in the regular season, especially in a competitive AL West.

The Los Angeles Angels spent big money on new talent and the Rangers and Oakland Athletics made last year's postseason.

"We're out here to get ready for the season, but we're also out here to compete," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "If you're going to play, you might as well win. I like what's happening in these games. We have a lot of guys with great ability, and it's starting to manifest itself."

The Rangers have scuffled to a 1-6-1 record while experimenting with lineups and nursing several injuries, including calf strains to Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre that aren't considered serious.

Outfielder Nelson Cruz had chest pains Friday and underwent tests at a local hospital that showed a muscle strain. He's expected to resume baseball activity as early as Saturday.

Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus doubled and walked in his return to the lineup after a bizarre setback. He was scratched the previous day with what the team called "sensitivity in his left arm" - apparently caused by an elaborate tattoo.

Andrus will now join Team Venezuela for the World Baseball Classic.

The Mariners roughed up Cory Burns and Neal Cotts. Neither are serious contenders for the 25-man roster.

NOTES: Berkman is expected to play on Saturday. Beltre (calf) increased his baseball activity Friday, but the Rangers haven't set a date when he'll play. ... The Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to start Saturday's home game against the Dodgers. Non-roster invitee Jeremy Bonderman will pitch after that.

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M. Morse
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1

M. Moreland
AB 3
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H 1
HR 1

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    Jurickson Profar, 2B2010001 .231
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    Leury Garcia, SS2010001 .250
David Murphy, LF3000002 .200
    Jared Hoying, LF2000012 .000
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    Brandon Snyder, 1B2000012 .125
Aaron Cunningham, RF3000000 .273
    Jim Adduci, RF1100111 .417
Geovany Soto, C3020000 .300
    Hanser Alberto, PR0000000 .000
    Jose Felix, C1000001 .000
Leonys Martin, DH2210211 .421
Mike Olt, 3B3000024 .200
    Yangervis Solarte, 3B1012000 .308
Julio Borbon, CF2011101 .214
    Ryan Strausborger, CF1000001 .000
2B - Elvis Andrus (1, Fernandez), Leury Garcia (1, Bawcom), Yangervis Solarte (1, Nunez), Julio Borbon (2, Paxton)
HR - Mitch Moreland (2, Paxton)
RBI - Mitch Moreland 3 (5), Yangervis Solarte 2 (4), Julio Borbon (2)
2-OUT RBI - Mitch Moreland 2 (4), Julio Borbon (1)
SB - Leonys Martin (2, 2nd base off Paxton/Shoppach)
CS - Elvis Andrus (1, 2nd base by Maurer/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 8
E - David Murphy (1, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Randy Wells 2521121 4.50
Cory Burns (BS,1; L,0-1) 1.1344112 8.31
Neal Cotts 1322021 10.13
Evan Meek 1.2100020 13.50
Michael Kirkman 2100030 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 54-30, Cory Burns 27-14, Neal Cotts 29-16, Evan Meek 21-17, Michael Kirkman 27-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 2-2, Cory Burns 3-0, Neal Cotts 1-0, Evan Meek 3-0, Michael Kirkman 1-2
Batters Faced - Randy Wells 12, Cory Burns 8, Neal Cotts 6, Evan Meek 6, Michael Kirkman 7
Seattle Mariners
Dustin Ackley, 2B3120000 .375
   a- Nick Franklin, PH-2B2010012 .188
Jason Bay, DH2222100 .500
   b- Mike Zunino, PH-DH2000003 .000
Kendrys Morales, 1B3120002 .364
    Mike Jacobs, 1B2000011 .308
Michael Morse, RF2222100 .364
    Julio Morban, RF1000000 .333
Michael Saunders, CF4112022 .267
Kelly Shoppach, C3000012 .375
    John Hicks, C1000010 .500
Carlos Peguero, LF4121020 .462
Robert Andino, 3B3000021 .273
    Vinnie Catricala, 3B1000000 .273
Brendan Ryan, SS3010000 .500
    Carlos Triunfel, SS1000000 .100
a-struck out for Ackley in the 5th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Bay in the 5th
2B - Nick Franklin (2, Kirkman)
HR - Jason Bay (2, Burns), Michael Morse (1, Cotts), Michael Saunders (2, Burns), Carlos Peguero (3, R. Wells)
RBI - Jason Bay 2 (4), Michael Morse 2 (2), Michael Saunders 2 (5), Carlos Peguero (4)
Team LOB - 7
Seattle Mariners
James Paxton 2233201 9.00
Brandon Maurer (W,1-0) 2200220 0.00
Anthony Fernandez (H,1) 1111000 12.00
Andrew Carraway (H,1) 1100020 2.25
Brian Moran (H,1) 1100010 0.00
Jhonny Nunez (H,1) 1122200 18.00
Logan Bawcom (S,1) 1100020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - James Paxton 42-21, Brandon Maurer 40-21, Anthony Fernandez 12-6, Andrew Carraway 17-11, Brian Moran 8-8, Jhonny Nunez 21-10, Logan Bawcom 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Paxton 2-4, Brandon Maurer 2-1, Anthony Fernandez 2-1, Andrew Carraway 1-0, Brian Moran 1-1
Batters Faced - James Paxton 10, Brandon Maurer 9, Anthony Fernandez 4, Andrew Carraway 4, Brian Moran 4, Jhonny Nunez 6, Logan Bawcom 4
Game Information
Attendance - 4630
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Stephen Barga, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Greg Gibson