Mariners 10, Cubs 3
Kevin Millwood is still confident he can get the job done.
The veteran right-hander is a non-roster invitee with the
Seattle Mariners this spring after losing 16 games while pitching
for Baltimore two years ago and having to split time between three
organizations in 2011.
So he understands why he is fighting his way on to a roster.
Despite pitching in the minors with the New York Yankees and
Boston before getting a shot with Colorado at the end of last
season, he never lost confidence in his ability, even at age
Millwood made his first start of the spring Thursday in the
Mariners’ 10-3 win over the Cubs.
It was a solid performance for Millwood – three innings, four
hits, one earned run on Alfonso Soriano’s homer and three
”I don’t have anything to prove to myself,” said Millwood, who
went 4-3 with a 3.98 ERA in nine starts for Colorado after signing
”I feel like I can still get people out. It’s proving it to the
people I have to prove it to. Obviously, the velocity is not where
it was in 98, but it’s plenty enough to get big league hitters
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said it was a good day for the
veteran after his first outing, which came in relief, led to three
earned runs in two innings.
”He has been progressing pretty consistently,” Wedge said. ”I
felt like he threw ball good. The third innings was his best with a
lot of action on the ball. I like his breaking ball. I always
Cubs right-hander Chris Volstad made his first appearance for
his new club after being acquired from Miami in the Carlos Zambrano
The 6-foot-8 right-hander allowed one hit in three innings with
”I was attacking the zone with fastballs and building off
that,” he said. ”It’s been awhile since I’ve been on the mound.
It felt like forever, but I ready to go and I was happy to be out
Volstad, who went 32-39 with the Marlins, is fighting for one of
the rotation spots behind Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza. He has been
working well with new pitching coach Chris Bosio.
”(The work so far has) not been on an individual pitch or
working on anything new, but how to be successful with what I
already have,” Volstad said. ”It’s the mental approach, getting
inside your head and thinking about hitter’s approach in
The Mariners grabbed the early lead when they scored four earned
runs off Cubs closer Carlos Marmol in the fourth inning, including
second baseman Dustin Ackley’s three-run home run.
Marmol wasn’t worried about the outing that lasted two-thirds of
an inning as the right-hander was just working on his fastball.
After leading the National League with 10 blown saves, he said
he is preparing to return to his 2010 form when he had 38 saves in
”I am working on locating my fastball,” he said. ”I am
working hard for that (2010 level of success). I’m trying to be
consistent with my slider and fastball so every time I go out there
everyone believes in me. ”
Ackley has had a great start to the spring, hitting .455 (5 for
11) with two doubles, a triple and a home run.
”He learned a lot last year and pushed himself hard,” Wedge
said. ”He is someone who is still learning and preparing for his
first full year in the big leagues. He is a heck of a player and he
is going to just keep getting better.”