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Young impresses Mariners in 2-1 loss to Rockies

By MIKE CRANSTON
Associated Press
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Chris Young tossed shutout ball in his Seattle debut Saturday, providing a much-needed pitching boost for the Mariners as they closed spring training with a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

With pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor all sidelined, the Mariners signed Young on Thursday after he was released by Washington. The 34-year-old right-hander allowed four hits, struck out two and issued no walks in 4 2-3 innings as he moves into a rotation spot.

The 6-foot-10 right-hander last pitched in the majors in 2012.

''Really doesn't matter if I'm ready or not. We've got to do it,'' Young said. ''But I am. I'm excited to be back out there. It's been a while for me. I welcome the opportunity.''

Kyle Seager's RBI single in the second was the lone run off Rockies starter Franklin Morales. He worked around five walks and three hits in 5 1-3 innings, a day after he was selected as the fifth starter.

Seattle newcomer Robinson Cano struck out and flied out before exiting in the third, finishing with a .412 spring average.

Brandon Barnes' RBI single off Joe Beimel in the seventh snapped the tie.

STARTING TIME

Mariners: Young threw 64 pitches before throwing another 15 in the bullpen.

''I thought he tired a little bit at the end, but I was pleased with what I saw,'' Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. ''He's the guy I remembered.''

Rockies: Control issues have hurt Morales in a few spring outings.

''He still has enough stuff where he can deal with some traffic and strike guys out,'' manager Walt Weiss said. ''But he didn't have good command today.''

CHATWOOD OK

Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood was confident what he called a ''minor'' left hamstring strain wouldn't keep him from Wednesday's start.

''I think I'm fine,'' Chatwood said before playing catch and riding an exercise bike.

Chatwood said he slipped on some loose dirt while running out a triple Friday against Seattle.

''A double would have been fine,'' pitching coach Jim Wright said.

But Chatwood had no regrets.

''It's just how I was raised to play,'' Chatwood said. ''I'm not going to dwell on anything.''

Wright said they would hold back Jordan Lyles, who was sent to Triple-A on Friday, in case Chatwood's recovery stalls.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: DH Corey Hart (forearm) went 0 for 3 in his first major league game since March 20, but McClendon said he's ready for Monday's opener.

Rockies: Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) is scheduled to stay in Arizona and throw 20-25 pitches in a batting practice Monday. Chacin is expected to return in early May.

ROSTER MOVES

The Mariners officially put Iwakuma (finger), Walker (shoulder) and Pryor (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list, all retroactive to March 21. All are expected back in mid- to late-April.

The Rockies set their roster, confirming they're keeping six outfielders (Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Gonzalez, Drew Stubbs, Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson and Barnes). Infielder Paul Janish was released.

KAHNLE MAKES IT

Three things struck Wright as he watched Rule 5 draft pick Tommy Kahnle this spring.

''I was surprised at his ability to throw strikes this camp,'' Wright said. ''I didn't know he had such a good changeup. And I didn't know that he didn't have a breaking ball.''

Wright said Kahnle's slider wasn't effective, so he worked on changing the grip and he tested it out for the first time in a game Friday.

''I tell you what, he broke out a slider that he never had before,'' Wright said. ''So I'm encouraged.''

Encouraged enough that the right-handed reliever, a former Yankees prospect, made Colorado's 25-man roster despite not having pitched above Double-A.

''A dream come true,'' Kahnle said.

UP NEXT

The Mariners were flying to Los Angeles immediately after the game. They'll hold a workout Sunday before Monday's opener against the Angels.

Due to a hotel issue, the Rockies were not leaving for Miami until Sunday morning to play the Marlins in their opener Monday.

 
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Colorado

B. Barnes
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Seattle

C. Young
IP 4.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 2
 

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HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Abraham Almonte, CF2000100 .178
   Michael Saunders, CF2010003 .296
Brad Miller, SS1000103 .410
   Willie Bloomquist, 2B1000000 .222
   Ketel Marte, 2B2000000 .200
Robinson Cano, 2B2000011 .412
   Nate Tenbrink, 3B3000022 .438
Corey Hart, DH3000001 .132
   a-Ty Kelly, PH-DH1000000 .118
Justin Smoak, 1B1100111 .292
   Logan Morrison, 1B2000000 .265
Stefen Romero, RF1010200 .304
   Leon Landry, PR-RF1000000 .250
Kyle Seager, 3B2011002 .191
   Jack Reinheimer, SS2010000 .455
Mike Zunino, C3000024 .239
   John Buck, C1000010 .241
Dustin Ackley, LF2000000 .382
   Jabari Blash, PR-LF1000100 .222
Chris Young, P0000000 .000
   Stephen Kohlscheen, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   Mayckol Guaipe, P0000000 .000
   Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000 .000
Totals3314167  
a-grounded out for Hart in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jack Reinheimer (1, Morales)
RBI - Kyle Seager (7)
SB - Michael Saunders (2, 2nd base off Martin/Williams)
CS - Jabari Blash (2, 2nd base by Morales/Pacheco)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Morrison-Reinheimer
E - Brad Miller (2, Misplayed grounder), Nate Tenbrink (3, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young 4.2400020 2.40
Stephen Kohlscheen (H,2) 0.1000000 4.15
Charlie Furbush (BS,3) 0.2311010 9.00
Mayckol Guaipe 0.1000000 0.00
Joe Beimel (L,0-1) 1211010 3.68
Danny Farquhar 1000110 3.27
HBP - LeMahieu (by Chris Young)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 24-22, Stephen Kohlscheen 1-1, Charlie Furbush 7-7, Mayckol Guaipe 1-1, Joe Beimel 7-7, Danny Farquhar 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 2-10, Stephen Kohlscheen 1-0, Charlie Furbush 1-0, Joe Beimel 2-0, Danny Farquhar 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 19, Stephen Kohlscheen 1, Charlie Furbush 5, Mayckol Guaipe 1, Joe Beimel 5, Danny Farquhar 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, CF-RF3020000 .236
   Denzel Richardson, RF1000010 .000
Michael Cuddyer, RF2000010 .188
   Drew Stubbs, CF2110001 .354
   Jose Monzon, LF0000000 .000
Carlos Gonzalez, LF2000013 .386
   Brandon Barnes, LF-CF2121000 .357
Troy Tulowitzki, SS1000001 .233
   Charlie Culberson, SS3010001 .275
   Emerson Jimenez, SS0000000 .000
Justin Morneau, 1B3010001 .229
   Miguel Dilone, PR-1B1000000 .000
Nolan Arenado, 3B2010000 .357
   Cesar Galvez, 3B2011001 .500
Corey Dickerson, DH3000114 .344
Jordan Pacheco, C3000002 .310
   Jackson Williams, C1000011 .250
DJ LeMahieu, 2B1000000 .326
   Wilson Soriano, 2B1000000 .000
Franklin Morales, P00000001.000
   Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
   Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   Brooks Brown, P0000000 .000
   Chris Martin, P0000000 .000
Totals3329215  
Batting
2B - Drew Stubbs (4, Beimel), Nolan Arenado (6, C. Young)
RBI - Brandon Barnes (4), Cesar Galvez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Barnes (3)
SB - Charlie Blackmon (3, 2nd base off C. Young/Zunino)
CS - Cesar Galvez (1, 2nd base by Farquhar/Buck)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Charlie Culberson 2 (6, Throwing), Cesar Galvez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Franklin Morales 5.1311550 2.10
Greg Burke 0.2000100 5.19
Nick Masset (W,1-0) 1000010 13.50
Brooks Brown (H,2) 1000000 3.86
Chris Martin (S,1) 1100010 3.48
Pitches-Strikes - Franklin Morales 52-30, Greg Burke 6-2, Nick Masset 5-5, Brooks Brown 3-3, Chris Martin 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Franklin Morales 9-3, Greg Burke 1-1, Nick Masset 1-1, Brooks Brown 2-1, Chris Martin 1-2
Batters Faced - Franklin Morales 25, Greg Burke 3, Nick Masset 3, Brooks Brown 3, Chris Martin 5
Game Information
Attendance - 12617
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Ryan Goodman, First Base - Adam Hamari, Second Base - Jeff Morrow, Third Base - Pat Hoberg