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Chicago at Seattle

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Chi. White Sox (7-5) «50100202111170
Seattle (11-5)010110040791

White Sox 11, Mariners 7

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - When Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge filled out a lineup card with Michael Morse starting at first base, he promised it wasn't part of a roster overhaul.

"We just want to be as versatile as we can," Wedge said.

Morse, who figures to be Seattle's starting left fielder, didn't seem to mind the position change Sunday. He hit his third home run of the spring, though Seattle lost 11-7 to a split squad of Chicago White Sox.

When asked how many games he expected Morse to play at first base, Wedge said he did not have a specific number in mind.

"I just want it to be an option for us," he said. "Obviously Justin Smoak is having a real good spring."

Smoak, the expected opening day starter at first, is playing well. The 26-year-old is batting .360 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBIs. Kendrys Morales, who will be Seattle's primary designated hitter, will back up Smoak at first base.

Morse has experience at first base. He didn't start a game there last season, but in 2011 he started 82 games for the Washington Nationals.

"With Morse, we've been playing him in left field, right field and he's very comfortable at first base, too," Wedge said. "We just want to be as versatile as we can. He's comfortable regardless where he plays. We just want to make sure his bat's in the lineup."

Morse's solo shot came off White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod and marked the only hit and run allowed by the right-hander.

Axelrod, who pitched in 14 games last season and started seven, is vying for a spot in the bullpen. He threw three innings and earned the win.

In three spring appearances totaling eight innings, Axelrod has given up one earned run on three hits, while walking none and fanning seven.

Dayan Viciedo went 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and scored two runs for Chicago. Brent Morel had two hits, including a home run.

Viciedo and second baseman Gordon Beckham, who hit a solo homer off Charlie Furbush in the sixth, were the only expected opening day starters that played against Seattle.

Viciedo was part of a five-run first inning that was punctuated by designated hitter Stefan Gartrell's grand slam. The non-roster invite connected on a sinker from Andrew Carraway, who was making his first start in spring training.

Carraway, a 26-year-old who split last season between Double-A and Triple-A, said he felt nervous before the game.

"Definitely a little bit of butterflies before the start," the right-hander said. "My first major league-type outing."

NOTES: Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmsen threw a scoreless fifth inning and allowed one hit, a walk and struck out one. He has not allowed a run in four spring training innings. ... Mariners OFs Jason Bay and Carlos Peguero each hit triples off Scott Snodgress in the fourth. ... Seattle next plays Tuesday against Arizona when ace Felix Hernandez will have his second start of the spring.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

M. Jacobs
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

S. Loman
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jared Mitchell, RF6121010 .423
Gordon Beckham, 2B4111001 .250
    Drew Garcia, 2B2110002 .500
Brent Morel, 3B4221000 .222
    Marcus Semien, 3B2110002 .455
Dayan Viciedo, LF3231000 .360
   a- Brandon Short, PH-LF1000112 .000
Seth Loman, 1B5132012 .368
Stefan Gartrell, DH4113123 .231
Jordan Danks, CF5000024 .083
Josh Phegley, C3020102 .368
    Bryan Anderson, C1110000 .375
Angel Sanchez, SS4000004 .235
Totals441117937  
a-walked for Viciedo in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jared Mitchell (2, Capps), Dayan Viciedo (1, Wilhelmsen), Bryan Anderson (1, Capps)
HR - Gordon Beckham (1, Furbush), Brent Morel (2, Furbush), Stefan Gartrell (1, Carraway)
RBI - Jared Mitchell (5), Gordon Beckham (5), Brent Morel (3), Dayan Viciedo (4), Seth Loman 2 (9), Stefan Gartrell 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Gordon Beckham (3), Brent Morel (1), Seth Loman (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Phegley-Beckham
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dylan Axelrod (W,2-0) 3111011 1.13
Scott Snodgress (H,2) 1211010 5.40
Zach Stewart (H,3) 3411030 1.17
Santos Rodriguez (H,4) 0.1244410 23.63
Brian Omogrosso (S,1) 1.2000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Dylan Axelrod 34-23, Scott Snodgress 14-9, Zach Stewart 37-24, Santos Rodriguez 34-15, Brian Omogrosso 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dylan Axelrod 3-5, Scott Snodgress 1-1, Zach Stewart 2-3, Brian Omogrosso 3-1
Batters Faced - Dylan Axelrod 10, Scott Snodgress 5, Zach Stewart 12, Santos Rodriguez 7, Brian Omogrosso 5
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kyle Seager, 2B3011000 .200
    Nick Franklin, 2B1100100 .158
Jason Bay, LF3110012 .389
    Francisco Martinez, CF0100100 .316
   a- Abraham Almonte, PH1000000 .000
Raul Ibanez, DH3001000 .400
   b- Eric Thames, PH-DH1100110 .217
Michael Morse, 1B3111010 .308
    Mike Jacobs, 1B1112000 .304
Carlos Peguero, RF4020012 .400
Kelly Shoppach, C3000022 .389
    John Hicks, C1010000 .600
Julio Morban, CF-LF3111110 .273
Robert Andino, 3B3010000 .261
    Vinnie Catricala, 3B0001000 .273
Brad Miller, SS4000004 .200
Totals3479747  
a-grounded out for Martinez in the 9th
b-walked for Ibanez in the 8th
Batting
3B - Jason Bay (1, Snodgress), Carlos Peguero (1, Snodgress)
HR - Michael Morse (3, Axelrod)
SF - Vinnie Catricala (1)
RBI - Kyle Seager (4), Raul Ibanez (6), Michael Morse (5), Mike Jacobs 2 (5), Julio Morban (2), Vinnie Catricala (4)
CS - Kyle Seager (1, 2nd base by Stewart/Phegley)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - John Hicks (1, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Carraway (L,0-1) 2655011 9.00
Taijuan Walker 2211110 5.14
Tom Wilhelmsen 1100110 0.00
Charlie Furbush 1222102 5.06
Stephen Pryor 1100000 3.60
Lucas Luetge 1321030 3.60
Carter Capps 1211010 1.80
HBP - Sanchez (by Carter Capps)
WP - Taijuan Walker 2 (2), Tom Wilhelmsen (1), Lucas Luetge (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Carraway 42-25, Taijuan Walker 35-22, Tom Wilhelmsen 18-10, Charlie Furbush 24-14, Stephen Pryor 18-10, Lucas Luetge 22-12, Carter Capps 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Carraway 1-4, Carter Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Andrew Carraway 12, Taijuan Walker 9, Tom Wilhelmsen 5, Charlie Furbush 6, Stephen Pryor 4, Lucas Luetge 6, Carter Capps 6
Game Information
Attendance - 7368
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - A.J. Johnson