Mariners 10, Angels 5

Alex Liddi will likely fall outside Seattle’s major-league

roster plans. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t gotten the attention of

the Mariners’ brass.

The 22-year-old from Italy who played in the 2009 World Baseball

Classic hit his second grand slam in as many days Thursday, leading

a seven-run rally as the Mariners beat a Los Angeles Angels split

squad 10-5.

Liddi, who connected on a 2-1 pitch from reliever Ryan Chaffee

in the fifth, also hit a solo shot in a six-inning exhibition game

Tuesday – giving him three homers in three days.

”I heard the fans saying ‘Do it again,’ but I was just trying

to do something over second base to get two runs in with the bases

loaded,” Liddi said. ”What happened, I wasn’t trying to do.”

Liddi calls himself more of a line-drive hitter. He’s 4 for 11

(.364) with a team-leading eight RBI this spring.

”I still need to get better and work on some things,” Liddi

added. ”I feel good but I’m not there yet.”

Left-hander Erik Bedard moved closer to being ready for the

Mariners’ starting rotation, allowing a run on three hits with two

strikeouts in 2 2-3 innings. Bedard, coming off shoulder surgery

that kept him out of the majors last season, threw 55 pitches in

his third and longest outing of spring training. The run was the

first he’s surrendered this spring.

”It wasn’t as good as the other (starts) but that’s what spring

training’s for,” Bedard said. ”Results are second and arm is

first. When it feels good, it’s a positive.”

Gabe Gross, a non-roster outfielder, also homered for the

Mariners, who have five home runs in their last two games.

Peter Bourjos had three hits and two RBI and Kevin Richardson

hit a solo home run for the Angels.

Chaffee was responsible for all seven Seattle runs in the fifth,

but because of two errors, only one was earned.

Notes: Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez left the team to be with

his father-in-law, Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis

Salazar, who is in a Florida hospital. Salazar was hit in the face

by a batted ball Wednesday and underwent surgery. Gutierrez could

return to the team as soon as Friday night. … Angels INF Kendrys

Morales is progressing with his rehabilitation from a broken ankle

suffered last May, and took part in Thursday’s workout in full. No

timetable is set for Morales’ spring training game debut.