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Konerko, Semien power White Sox past Mariners 7-6

By JOSE M. ROMERO
Associated Press
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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Paul Konerko and Marcus Semien homered for the Chicago White Sox, who overcame Robinson Cano's four RBIs in a 7-6 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

Semien hit a three-run drive as part of a five-run second inning. Konerko added a two-run shot to back Erik Johnson, who allowed three runs and four hits over six innings in his final start of the spring. Johnson struck out four and walked three.

Cano went 2 for 4 with a three-run double in the seventh. After bolting the Yankees for a $240 million, 10-year contract with Seattle, the All-Star second baseman is batting .465 this spring.

''He turned it up a little bit with the bases loaded,'' Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. ''Really got his hands in nicely and put a nice swing on it.''

The 23-year-old Semien, who showed promise during a September call-up last season, has a major league roster spot all but clinched. He could start the season opener at second base if Gordon Beckham isn't ready due to injury.

''My goal in the offseason was to make the team,'' Semien said.

The White Sox put together five consecutive hits off starter Blake Beavan in the second. A two-base error by right fielder Michael Saunders opened the door for Chicago, as Konerko scored the first run. Alexei Ramirez drove in a run with a single, Tyler Flowers singled and Semien cleared the bases.

Seattle trailed 7-3 in the seventh, but Mike Zunino's single and back-to-back walks issued by reliever Donnie Veal brought up Cano with the bases loaded. Cano doubled before Veal retired the next three hitters.

Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush struck out all four batters he faced.

STARTING TIME

White Sox: Johnson is ticketed for the big league rotation, which could be set as soon as Tuesday. He threw 94 pitches.

''Today was a good one to end on and another good one to build off of,'' he said.

Mariners: Beavan was having a solid spring until his last two outings. He lasted 5 1-3 innings Monday and gave up seven runs on seven hits without a walk, striking out three. He also allowed seven earned runs in his previous start, and might now be on the outside looking in at a spot in the unsettled rotation.

''I need to make better pitches when I'm ahead. Five of those hits they got were 1-2, 0-2 pitches,'' Beavan said. ''I'm prepared for whatever decision they make.''

Beavan's chances might have improved, however, when the Mariners released Scott Baker on Monday. The 32-year-old right-hander asked for his release after refusing an assignment to Triple-A Tacoma.

Baker was 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four spring training starts.

ACKLEY KEEPS HITTING

Dustin Ackley's double gave him a team-high seven this spring, and he also leads the Mariners in hits with 24 and RBIs with 14. The left fielder is batting .414.

KONERKO CLICKS

Konerko, the White Sox designated hitter, hit his first home run of spring training in the sixth. He finished 2 for 3 but has just two extra-base hits in 39 at-bats.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: First baseman Jose Abreu returned from having the weekend off due to a sore right ankle. He went 0 for 3 and committed an error, though he made a couple of good defensive plays.

Beckham remains shut down from baseball activity due to a strained left oblique.

Mariners: Hisashi Iwakuma played catch for a few minutes, throwing a baseball for the first time this spring. He's moving closer to returning from a middle finger injury, but won't open the season in the rotation.

Taijuan Walker will pitch three innings in a minor league game Tuesday, trying to get back soon from shoulder soreness.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Opening day starter Chris Sale makes his final start Tuesday before the season begins, against Colorado in Glendale. It will be his fifth outing of the spring.

Mariners: Felix Hernandez on Tuesday makes his fourth and final start before the season opener. He will face Kansas City in Surprise.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Cano
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Chicago

M. Semien
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF4000000 .372
   Blake Tekotte, CF0000000 .269
Avisail Garcia, RF4000020 .255
   Denis Phipps, RF0000000 .000
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3110000 .298
   Alex Liddi, 3B1000010 .200
Jose Abreu, 1B3000011 .295
   Dan Black, 1B1000010 .375
Paul Konerko, DH3222000 .256
   a-Courtney Hawkins, PH-DH1000010 .000
Dayan Viciedo, LF4120000 .304
   Jaime Pedroza, PR-SS0000000 .000
Alexei Ramirez, SS3111010 .260
   Leury Garcia, SS-LF1000001 .250
Tyler Flowers, C3110010 .216
   Adrian Nieto, C1000011 .250
Marcus Semien, 2B3123010 .341
   Micah Johnson, 2B0000000 .360
Erik Johnson, P0000000 .000
   Donnie Veal, P0000000 .000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
Totals35796010  
a-struck out for Konerko in the 9th
Batting
2B - Conor Gillaspie (5, Beavan), Dayan Viciedo (5, Farquhar)
HR - Paul Konerko (1, Beavan), Marcus Semien (1, Beavan)
RBI - Paul Konerko 2 (7), Alexei Ramirez (4), Marcus Semien 3 (4)
CS - Marcus Semien (2, 2nd base by Wilhelmsen/Zunino)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Semien-A. Ramirez-Abreu, Semien-A. Ramirez-Abreu-Pedroza-M. Johnson-Black
E - Jose Abreu (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erik Johnson (W,1-1) 6433340 6.35
Donnie Veal (H,2) 1.1333210 4.32
Zach Putnam (S,1) 1.2100010 1.86
HBP - Romero (by Erik Johnson)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Johnson 12-2, Donnie Veal 3-0, Zach Putnam 3-0
Batters Faced - Erik Johnson 26, Donnie Veal 9, Zach Putnam 5
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Abraham Almonte, CF4110101 .154
Brad Miller, SS3000101 .412
   Chris Taylor, PR-SS1100000 .130
Robinson Cano, 2B4024000 .465
   Tyler Smith, PR-2B1010000 .500
Kyle Seager, 3B4000023 .183
   D.J. Peterson, 3B1000001 .286
Stefen Romero, DH-1B3100021 .265
Logan Morrison, 1B2110201 .288
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000 .000
Dustin Ackley, LF3011002 .414
   Endy Chavez, LF1000000 .303
Michael Saunders, RF4011002 .295
Mike Zunino, C2210111 .263
   Humberto Quintero, C1000011 .292
Blake Beavan, P0000000 .000
   Tom Wilhelmsen, P0000000 .000
Totals3468656  
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (4, Veal), Dustin Ackley (7, Johnson), Michael Saunders (3, Veal)
RBI - Robinson Cano 4 (13), Dustin Ackley (14), Michael Saunders (13)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Michael Saunders (1, Missed catch of throw)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blake Beavan (L,2-2) 5.1777032 6.46
Tom Wilhelmsen 1.2100020 7.71
Charlie Furbush 1.1000040 5.68
Danny Farquhar 0.2100010 4.00
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Blake Beavan 8-5, Danny Farquhar 1-0
Batters Faced - Blake Beavan 23, Tom Wilhelmsen 5, Charlie Furbush 4, Danny Farquhar 3
Game Information
Attendance - 7587
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ben May, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Lance Barksdale