Kazmir gives up 13 hits, Indians top Mariners

Starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Blake Beavan both hoped for

good outings, with each competing for a spot in their

rotations.

Kazmir gave up 13 hits and five runs over five innings for the

Cleveland Indians in a 10-5 win against the Seattle Mariners on

Saturday.

Beavan was tagged for nine runs and 16 hits in 5 1-3

innings.

Kazmir, trying a comeback on a minor league deal, had not

allowed a run in three previous spring outings. He struggled in the

first, giving up two runs on four hits before getting an out.

The two-time All-Star escaped jams in his next three innings but

couldn’t finish the fifth without damage.

”An outing could make the difference,” Kazmir said. ”I knew

what to expect. I knew about it (the competition) coming in, so

it’s nothing different from now. Just continue to progress and get

better.”

”This outing right here, I wish the scoreboard looked a little

better. But at the same time, this is spring training. I’ve done

this before,” he said.

A meeting between manager Terry Francona and Indians general

manager Chris Antonetti on Sunday could decide whether Kazmir wins

the job, or it goes to right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

Beavan is among four pitchers competing for two spots in

Seattle’s rotation.

”I was just having trouble getting the ball down. Whether it

was a good or bad pitch, when I got ahead I just couldn’t put them

away, and that’s usually not a problem,” Beavan said. ”It’s just

one of those you want to look past and good thing you got it over

with in spring training. That was a fiesta today. I couldn’t

believe it myself.”

Jason Giambi and Cord Phelps homered for Cleveland. Raul Ibanez

homered and drove in three runs for the Mariners.

Mariners catcher Jesus Montero left in the second inning after

being hit with a bat on a follow-through swing by Lindor. Montero

had a bump on the right side of his forehead but no concussion.

Montero was able to stand up after a couple of minutes but was

taken off the field on a cart.

Manager Eric Wedge said Montero should be OK.

”We’ll see how he comes in and go from there,” Wedge said.

Cleveland right fielder Matt Carson ran into the wall chasing

Kyle Seager’s triple in the fifth. He had a cut on his forehead and

a neck strain, and was carted off.

NOTES: Indians closer Chris Perez, shut down since leaving his

Feb. 26 appearance with a right shoulder sprain, pitched one inning

against Class A hitters. He allowed a run on two hits, walked one

and struck out one, and is expected to pitch again Monday against

Colorado … The Mariners, at the request of both players, released

RHP Jon Garland and 1B Mike Jacobs. Garland had been in the running

for a spot in the starting rotation but exercised an out-clause in

his contract with the club. … Former Mariners star John Olerud

will have his No. 18 retired by his alma mater, Washington State,

on March 30 when the Cougars play Stanford.