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Cano has 2 hits, Ramirez sharp as Mariners win

By MIKE TULUMELLO
Associated Press
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MESA, Ariz. (AP) Robinson Cano had two more hits and Erasmo Ramirez pitched four-hit ball for six innings, enhancing his chances of earning a spot in the Mariners' rotation and helping Seattle beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0.

Ramirez, who has a 0.96 ERA this spring, struck out four without allowing a walk. He hit one batter with a pitch.

''I was lucky sometimes because I missed the spot ... and was right in the middle of the strike zone,'' Ramirez said.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon thought Ramirez was ''OK.''

''We have to make better 0-2 and 1-2 pitches,'' McClendon said. ''He got some balls up in the zone that he got away with. On any given day, you don't get away with those pitches. Even in wins, there are things you need to correct, that we need to talk about.

''But for the most part, he threw the ball OK.''

McClendon stopped short of announcing that Ramirez has won a spot in the rotation.

''I'm not ready to answer any of those things yet,'' he said.

Cano was 2 for 3 to raise his batting average to .567. Dustin Ackley went 3 for 4, lifting his average to .457.

Mariners pitchers limited the Cubs to four hits. Joe Beimel, Fernando Rodney and Yoervis Medina each pitched a scoreless inning.

Jeff Samardzija, in his next-to-last spring outing before his opening-day start for the Cubs, gave up two runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

Another Cactus League attendance record was set at Cubs Park with an overflow crowd of 15,191. The new stadium has drawn the eight biggest crowds in Cactus League history since the opener on Feb. 27.

STARTING TIME

Cubs: Samardzija gave up a run in the fifth, then wobbled in the sixth. He allowed a line-drive leadoff single by Corey Hart, then Logan Morrison drove a shot to the left field fence, where Junior Lake leaped up and made a homer-saving catch.

At that point, Samardzija was relieved by James Russell, who allowed Hart to score but, thanks to a great play in the hole at shortstop by Donnie Murphy, prevented further damage.

''I felt good today,'' said Samardzija, who said he worked on small mechanical changes to prevent him from leaving the ball too high in the strike zone. ''The ball was down in the zone. That was a problem over in Surprise'' in his previous start.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: Projected starter Taijuan Walker threw a bullpen session Wednesday as he comes back from a sore shoulder.

Cubs: Shortstop Starlin Castro, who has been dealing with a hamstring problem, is nearing 100 percent and could be playing in games within a few days.

Mike Olt, who has been dealing with shoulder soreness while enjoying a fine spring at the plate, played third base for the first time. He had been used as a designated hitter.

KING FELIX

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw 83 pitches over seven innings in a minor league game at the team's complex in Peoria.

''I hear he threw the ball pretty good,'' McClendon said.

SWEET SWINGS

Mariners: Cano has hit safely in eight straight games and 10 of 11 in Cactus League play. Overall, the Mariners' new second baseman is 17 for 30 with eight RBIs. He has two extra-base hits, both doubles.

Cubs: Javier Baez has five homers this spring, which was tied for most in the majors entering Thursday.

 
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Seattle

E. Ramirez
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 4
Chicago

J. Samardzija
IP 5.1
H 6
ER 2
BB 2
K 8
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Abraham Almonte, CF4110012 .160
   Endy Chavez, CF1001000 .286
Kyle Seager, 3B2001100 .196
   Willie Bloomquist, 2B-LF1000001 .265
Robinson Cano, 2B3020100 .567
   Leury Bonilla, 3B00000001.000
Justin Smoak, 1B4000024 .250
   Stefen Romero, 1B0000000 .237
Corey Hart, DH4110020 .143
Logan Morrison, RF4000011 .250
   Austin Wilson, RF0000000 .000
Dustin Ackley, LF4030000 .457
   Patrick Brady, 2B0000000 .000
Nick Franklin, SS3110112 .243
John Buck, C2001010 .250
   Humberto Quintero, C1000000 .263
Erasmo Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000 .000
Totals3338338  
Batting
2B - Dustin Ackley (6, Russell)
SF - Kyle Seager (1), John Buck (2)
RBI - Endy Chavez (7), Kyle Seager (4), John Buck (4)
SB - Abraham Almonte (3, 3rd base off Samardzija/Castillo), Robinson Cano (1, 2nd base off Samardzija/Castillo)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Franklin-Cano-Smoak, Franklin-Cano-Smoak-Cano-Seager-Franklin
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erasmo Ramirez (W,3-0) 6400040 0.96
Joe Beimel (H,4) 1000010 3.60
Fernando Rodney (H,2) 1000120 12.60
Yoervis Medina (S,2) 1000000 1.13
HBP - Murphy (by Erasmo Ramirez)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erasmo Ramirez 3-9, Fernando Rodney 1-0, Yoervis Medina 3-0
Batters Faced - Erasmo Ramirez 21, Joe Beimel 3, Fernando Rodney 4, Yoervis Medina 3
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Junior Lake, LF3010010 .161
   Chris Coghlan, LF1000011 .207
Darwin Barney, 2B3000011 .265
   Chris Valaika, 2B1000000 .219
Nate Schierholtz, RF3010000 .242
   Arodys Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Kalish, CF1000000 .308
Mike Olt, 3B3010000 .265
   Jonathan Mota, 3B1000000 .333
Ryan Sweeney, CF3000022 .094
   Eli Whiteside, C0000000 .000
Welington Castillo, C3010000 .238
   Blake Parker, P0000000 .000
   Lars Anderson, 1B0000000 .000
Donnie Murphy, SS2000011 .206
Ryan Roberts, 1B2000102 .259
   Justin Grimm, P0000000 .000
Jeff Samardzija, P2000001 .000
   James Russell, P0000000 .000
   Darnell McDonald, RF1000011 .273
Totals2904017  
Batting
2B - Junior Lake (1, Ramirez)
SB - Nate Schierholtz (1, 2nd base off Ramirez/Buck)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Mota-Valaika-Anderson
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija (L,0-1) 5.1622280 5.50
James Russell 0.2100100 3.38
Arodys Vizcaino 1000000 0.00
Blake Parker 1000000 9.00
Justin Grimm 1111000 7.20
WP - Jeff Samardzija 2 (4), Justin Grimm (1)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 3-5, James Russell 1-1, Arodys Vizcaino 2-1, Blake Parker 1-2, Justin Grimm 3-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 24, James Russell 4, Arodys Vizcaino 3, Blake Parker 3, Justin Grimm 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15243
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Cory Blaser