Seattle at Oakland

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Athletics 7, Mariners 3

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PHOENIX (AP) - Chris Young felt out of place as he trotted to left field for the first time ever, at any level. It took a few plays to feel situated.

Young singled, walked and scored twice, Jed Lowrie hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat a Seattle Mariners split squad 7-3 on Thursday.

Tommy Milone pitched three scoreless innings for the A's, who have won four of their last five.

Robert Andino hit a home run among his two hits for the Mariners, who had a 10-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday. Kendrys Morales added two hits and Vinnie Catricala also drove in a run.

Mariners starter Brandon Maurer allowed a run on four hits over three innings.

Milone gave up three hits, walked one and struck out three. Hiroyuki Nakajima had two hits, drove in a run and stole a base. Josh Reddick, Yoenis Cespedes, Derek Norris and Andy Parrino, who hit a home run, also drove in runs.

Young has never played anywhere but center field in his seven-year career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had never been in left field - not in high school, not in little league.

"It was different, for sure," Young said. "I felt extremely awkward the first few innings. I was looking for the first ball to come. I was not sure how I would react to it. After I got a ball hit to me, and I felt I made the right read on it, I felt a lot more comfortable."

Young may still get most of his work in center, but with Coco Crisp entrenched there, Young can work his way into the lineup at the corners. Reddick, Cespedes and Seth Smith are all in the outfield-DH mix.

"Since I've never been out there I wasn't sure if I was in the right place," Young said, who also played one game in right field. "The strongest position for me is center field. It's all I've ever done. It's not whether I like it, but rather how I can make the adjustment."

Milone, who won 13 games for the A's in his rookie season, has yet to allow a run in two starts, five innings, this spring.

"I still feel like I have to go out and prove myself," Milone said. "I want to give them a reason to put me in the rotation."

Milone was part of an A's rotation that featured all rookies at the end of season - when Oakland overtook the Texas Rangers and won the AL West on the final day of the season.

"They've all created names for themselves," Young said. "You grow a lot faster when you're put in that situation over guys who come in and struggle early. They look good as any veteran. They look great to me."

Mariners manager Eric Wedge was pleased with Maurer's outing.

"I think when you talk about these young kids, they gain so much experience from each outing," he said. "You go through things each outing."

NOTES: A's RHP Arnold Leon joined Team Mexico for the World Baseball Classic. ... Andino's seventh-inning home run assured the Mariners of at least one home run in every game so far this spring. ... Mariners RHP Jeremy Bonderman, who has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2010, gave up a run on two hits in two innings. He struck out two. ... Seattle sends RHP Hector Noesi to the mound Friday against the A's. ... RHP A.J. Griffin starts for the A's Friday at Seattle.

 
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Seattle

R. Andino
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Oakland

J. Lowrie
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Robert Andino, 2B4121102 .250
Eric Thames, LF5010012 .227
Jason Bay, RF4010023 .400
    Abraham Almonte, RF0000000 .000
Kendrys Morales, DH4120011 .381
Mike Jacobs, 1B4010002 .273
Mike Zunino, C3110001 .235
    Ronny Paulino, C1000001 .077
Brad Miller, SS3010101 .238
Vinnie Catricala, 3B4011022 .273
Francisco Martinez, CF4010002 .235
Totals36311226  
Batting
HR - Robert Andino (1, Gray)
RBI - Robert Andino (1), Vinnie Catricala (3)
CS - Robert Andino (1, 2nd base by Milone/Norris)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Miller-Andino-Jacobs, Andino-Miller-Jacobs
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Maurer (L,1-1) 3411140 1.50
James Paxton 0.2333200 14.73
D.J. Mitchell 1.1122101 4.15
Jeremy Bonderman 3311021 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Maurer 26-21, James Paxton 13-5, D.J. Mitchell 9-5, Jeremy Bonderman 15-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Maurer 1-4, James Paxton 1-1, D.J. Mitchell 2-2, Jeremy Bonderman 3-2
Batters Faced - Brandon Maurer 14, James Paxton 7, D.J. Mitchell 6, Jeremy Bonderman 10
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF3010013 .417
    Shane Peterson, RF2010001 .448
Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS3121000 .300
    Adam Rosales, SS1000001 .333
Josh Reddick, RF2011102 .333
    Andy Parrino, 3B1111000 .353
Yoenis Cespedes, DH4011024 .118
Brandon Moss, 1B3000004 .250
    Michael Choice, CF1000000 .444
Chris Young, LF2210100 .278
    Scott Moore, 1B1000010 .182
Jed Lowrie, 3B2212100 .313
    Grant Green, 2B1000000 .471
Derek Norris, C3111010 .308
    Darwin Perez, LF1010000 .455
Scott Sizemore, 2B2000110 .214
    Luke Montz, C1000001 .000
Totals33711746  
Batting
HR - Andy Parrino (1, Bonderman), Jed Lowrie (1, Mitchell)
RBI - Hiroyuki Nakajima (1), Josh Reddick (5), Andy Parrino (6), Yoenis Cespedes (1), Jed Lowrie 2 (5), Derek Norris (3)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Reddick (1), Andy Parrino (3), Yoenis Cespedes (1)
SB - Hiroyuki Nakajima (2, 2nd base off Maurer/Zunino)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Green-Rosales-Moore
E - Grant Green (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Milone (W,1-0) 3300130 0.00
Hideki Okajima (H,2) 1100110 0.00
Pedro Figueroa (H,2) 1100010 2.25
Sonny Gray (H,1) 2432011 6.00
Andrew Werner 2200000 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 22-17, Hideki Okajima 10-6, Pedro Figueroa 6-6, Sonny Gray 13-12, Andrew Werner 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 1-4, Sonny Gray 4-1, Andrew Werner 3-2
Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 12, Hideki Okajima 5, Pedro Figueroa 4, Sonny Gray 10, Andrew Werner 7
Game Information
Attendance - 4213
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Mark Ripperger