Mariners 6, Padres 1
The Seattle Mariners are doing their best to get readjusted
after their long trip.
Kevin Millwood struck out eight in seven solid innings and the
Mariners beat a San Diego Padres split-squad 6-1 on Saturday
The Mariners are dealing with jet lag after opening the regular
season against the Oakland A’s in Tokyo on Wednesday and
The Mariners are trying to avoid fatigue after they returned to
the Phoenix area from Japan on Friday morning.
Manager Eric Wedge said he’ll have at least some of them in the
lineup for Sunday’s game against Kansas City.
Wedge tried to give players time to overcome jet lag and stay
awake during daylight hours, and had them come to the team facility
with the option to work out Friday and Saturday.
”With the next four games we’ll give them regular work. We
haven’t finalized exactly what we’re going to do, but we’ll get
them back in there,” Wedge said. ”Obviously they’re feeling it
quite a bit (Saturday) and hopefully they’ll be a little bit better
with it (Sunday).”
The Mariners are back on their regular spring training workout
schedule Sunday with players arriving in the morning for pregame
”We’ve had a pretty good plan with this all along and I expect
our guys will respond to it,” Wedge said.
The Padres had at least five players in their starting lineup
that are expected to make the 25-man season-opening roster.
Only one had good success against Millwood – first baseman
Yonder Alonso, who had two hits.
Millwood gave up a home run to Andy Parrino in the fifth inning,
but only allowed five hits.
”I felt good I was able to go seven and throw that many pitches
and still feel like I had something left,” Millwood said. ”My
curveball wasn’t where I wanted it to be yet, but it’s getting
there … it’s normally the last thing that comes so I’m not too
worried about it.”
Alonso increased his spring training batting average to .314 and
hit his sixth double of the spring.
”He gets his hits,” Padres manager Bud Black said. ”He hits
the ball all over. He does a lot of good things.”
San Diego left fielder Mark Kotsay left the game after three
innings with a calf injury, but mainly as a precaution, Black
Rich Poythress had three hits for Seattle, and Daniel Carroll
hit a solo home run off the Padres’ Micah Owings in the
NOTES: Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley was sent home after feeling ill
Saturday. Ackley has lost a few pounds, Wedge said, but will return
to spring training headquarters for further evaluation Sunday. …
Wedge said the Mariners still have a couple of 25-man roster
decisions to make in the coming days because the club must add
pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma, Hector Noesi and Millwood to the roster
after they were left off it in Japan. … OF Mike Carp is day to
day after spraining his shoulder in Japan. There is no timetable
for the return of OF Franklin Gutierrez, who has been cleared to
throw after suffering a partial pectoral muscle tear on Feb. 28,
and C Adam Moore (broken wrist bone). Both are on the 15-day
disabled list. … Black said he’ll pick the team’s opening day
starter Sunday, when the Padres play their Arizona spring training
finale. … The Padres re-assigned RHP Dale Thayer and C Brad Davis
to minor league camp Saturday following the afternoon split-squad