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Hernandez helps Mariners beat Royals 9-6


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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Felix Hernandez pitched five strong innings and rookie outfielder Stefen Romero homered and drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 9-6 Tuesday night.

In his final tuneup before starting the Monday opener, Hernandez allowed three runs and five hits, walked none and struck out six. He allowed two runs and three hits in the first inning, but little after that.

''I saw everything that I wanted to see,'' Hernandez said. ''Every pitch was working really good. In the first inning, I was up a little bit and missed a couple of pitches, but I was fine. I was really concentrating.''

He threw 67 pitches.

''They asked me if I wanted one more inning and I said that's good enough for me,'' Hernandez said. ''I'll be ready for 100 or whatever next time. I feel fresh.''

Romero, who went 3 for 5, hit a two-run homer in the Mariners' six-run third and had an RBI single in the fourth. Brad Miller had three hits, including two doubles, to raise his average to .436. Miller leads the Cactus League with 27 hits, 14 for extra bases. Mike Zunino also homered for the Mariners.

Royals left-hander Bruce Chen allowed nine runs and 11 hits, including two homers, and two walks in four innings, throwing 92 pitches.

Alex Gordon homered, doubled and drove in three Royals runs.

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Mariners: Hernandez will make his seventh opening day start on Monday, breaking the Mariners' record held by Randy Johnson, who started five.

''Not bad (company), a great pitcher,'' Hernandez said. ''He's going to be in Hall of Fame. It is always fun on opening day, always on national TV, a lot of eyes on you, so you've got to do good.''

Royals: Chen finishes spring training with a 0-4 record and 7.27 ERA, allowing 16 runs, 14 earned, and 25 hits, including four home runs, in 17 1-3 innings.

''I can go over there and feel bad about this outing and not be ready for the season,'' Chen said. ''Or I can just say, `you know what, I got my pitches down.' Hopefully, I can keep building up and be ready for the season.''

HOSMER EJECTED

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was ejected by plate umpire Brian Hertzog in the third inning after being called out on strikes for the second time.

''The first at-bat there were a couple of pitches that I wasn't happy about,'' Hosmer said. ''The second at-bat the last pitch I wasn't happy about it. We had a discussion after the first one. On the second one, I stood in the box and the umpire said I stared him down.

''So he decided to tell me where the pitch was again, that it was on the plate. I got a little upset because I didn't say anything and he said something to me. Then he asked me kindly to leave the park and that's what I did.''

TRAINERS' ROOM

Mariners: Right-hander Taijuan Walker, who is building up after being slowed by a tender right shoulder, threw 48 pitches, 36 for strikes, in three-innings in a minor league game.

Royals: Omar Infante, who had a bone spur in his right elbow, had five at-bats and made two throws from second base in five innings in a minor league game. Infante will play in minor league games Wednesday and Thursday. If he feels good after that, Royals manager Ned Yost said he would fly to Milwaukee and play in exhibition games Friday and Saturday.

MARINERS RELEASE VETERAN TRIO

The Mariners cut veterans left-hander Randy Wolf, outfielder Endy Chavez and catcher Humberto Quintero, all non-roster invitees. Wolf, 37, had a career 132-117 record with a 4.20 ERA in 376 big league games. He is trying to bounce back from his second Tommy John surgery. Chavez, 36, signed with Tacoma, the Mariners' Triple-A club, after he was told he would not make the major league club. Quintero, 34, hit .224 in 22 games last year with the Mariners.

ROYALS PICK UP LEFTY

The Royals plucked left-handed pitcher Patrick Schuster, 23, off waivers Tuesday from the Padres. Schuster went 0-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 55 relief appearances last year with Visalia. The Royals designated for assignment outfielder Carlos Peguero to make room for Schuster on the 40-man roster.

The Royals also optioned second baseman Johnny Giavotella, who hit .341 in 21 games to Triple-A Omaha. The Royals also moved catcher Adam Moore, who was assigned Monday to minor league camp, to the Padres for cash.

 
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S. Romero
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
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A. Gordon
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R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Abraham Almonte, CF4121000 .174
   Michael Saunders, CF1000000 .289
Brad Miller, SS4230001 .436
   Tyler Smith, PR-SS-2B1010000 .538
Stefen Romero, RF-1B5133002 .296
Justin Smoak, 1B3021101 .310
   Chris Taylor, PR-SS0000000 .130
Logan Morrison, DH4100025 .270
Kyle Seager, 3B3100113 .175
   D.J. Peterson, 3B0000000 .286
Nick Franklin, 2B-RF4110000 .244
Dustin Ackley, LF3111020 .410
   Willie Bloomquist, LF1000010 .231
Mike Zunino, C3112010 .268
   John Buck, C1000010 .240
Felix Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   Dominic Leone, P0000000 .000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000 .000
   Carson Smith, P0000000 .000
   Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Totals37914828  
Batting
2B - Brad Miller 2 (6, Chen), Justin Smoak (6, Bueno)
HR - Stefen Romero (4, Chen), Mike Zunino (2, Chen)
RBI - Abraham Almonte (4), Stefen Romero 3 (13), Justin Smoak (8), Dustin Ackley (15), Mike Zunino 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Abraham Almonte (1), Mike Zunino (3)
CS - Abraham Almonte (1, 2nd base by Chen/Perez), Chris Taylor (1, 3rd base by Bueno/Perez)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Peterson-T. Smith-Romero
E - Chris Taylor (2, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez (W,2-0) 5533060 4.73
Dominic Leone (H,1) 1111120 1.80
Yoervis Medina (H,4) 1000010 1.80
Carson Smith (H,2) 1000010 0.00
Ramon Ramirez 1322001 9.39
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 67-45, Dominic Leone 20-11, Yoervis Medina 12-9, Carson Smith 8-5, Ramon Ramirez 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 6-3, Dominic Leone 1-0, Yoervis Medina 1-1, Carson Smith 2-0, Ramon Ramirez 2-1
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 20, Dominic Leone 5, Yoervis Medina 3, Carson Smith 3, Ramon Ramirez 6
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5121011 .315
Alcides Escobar, SS4000012 .350
Eric Hosmer, 1B2000021 .281
   Ramon Hernandez, 1B2000001 .381
Billy Butler, DH4110020 .333
Alex Gordon, LF3223100 .309
Salvador Perez, C4021011 .375
   Jarrod Dyson, PR0100000 .306
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000022 .429
Lorenzo Cain, CF4110011 .370
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B4011001 .240
Bruce Chen, P0000000 .000
   Francisley Bueno, P0000000 .000
   Wade Davis, P0000000 .000
   Greg Holland, P0000000 .000
Totals36696110  
Batting
2B - Norichika Aoki (4, Hernandez), Alex Gordon (4, Hernandez), Salvador Perez (3, Leone), Lorenzo Cain (4, Hernandez)
HR - Alex Gordon (2, Ramirez)
RBI - Norichika Aoki (9), Alex Gordon 3 (13), Salvador Perez (10), Pedro Ciriaco (5)
2-OUT RBI - Norichika Aoki (5), Alex Gordon 2 (9), Salvador Perez (6), Pedro Ciriaco (3)
SB - Jarrod Dyson (9, 2nd base off Ramirez/Buck)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Ciriaco-Hernandez, Escobar-Ciriaco-Hernandez-Ciriaco-Escobar-Hernandez
E - Pedro Ciriaco (6, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bruce Chen (L,0-4) 41198222 7.27
Francisley Bueno 3200040 1.64
Wade Davis 1000020 3.38
Greg Holland 1100000 3.00
WP - Bruce Chen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 92-57, Francisley Bueno 32-22, Wade Davis 17-9, Greg Holland 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 4-5, Francisley Bueno 3-0, Wade Davis 1-0, Greg Holland 2-0
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 24, Francisley Bueno 9, Wade Davis 3, Greg Holland 3
Game Information
Attendance - 8296
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Hal Gibson, Third Base - Alex Ortiz