Mariners 9, Dodgers 5

Chris Capuano had problems with home runs for the second

straight start.

Trying to earn a job in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation,

Capuano allowed long balls to Mike Zunino and Franklin Gutierrez

during a three-run third inning Saturday in a 9-5 loss to the

Seattle Mariners.

Capuano started with two perfect innings that included three

strikeouts before Zunino homered leading off the third.

In a rotation led by Clayton Kershaw, additions Zach Greinke and

Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Josh Beckett, Capuano is competing with Aaron

Harang and Ted Lilly.

”I don’t worry about getting a spot in that rotation,” Capuano

said. ”It doesn’t change what I do or how I go about my business.

I’m going to get my work in, and I’m going to compete hard in every

game. Ultimate decisions aren’t up aren’t up to us as players, and

it doesn’t behoove us to pay attention to the process of making


The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-12 with a 3.72 ERA in 33

starts last year. He has allowed four homers in two spring training

outings, and he went straight to the bullpen after the third inning

to work on his fastball command.

”There will be a time to make some tough decisions, but that’s

a little ways down the road,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

”He needs to keep working and to keep refining.”

Seattle has won eight exhibitions in a row and has 20 homers in

nine games.

”We have a lot of options, and a lot of talent we can mix and

match into a lineup,” manager Eric Wedge said. ”If there was ever

a year to play a lot of spring games and let guys show us all of

what they can do, this is it.”

Gutierrez was 2 for 3 with four RBIs and raised his spring

training home run total to three.

”It’s still early, but the most important thing to take from

these games is that we’re doing something right,” he said. ”We

have a lot of talent here, a lot of guys that can hit the ball a

long way. I don’t think anybody tries for home runs, but we’re

being aggressive within the strike zone. That’s the key to success,

no matter when the games are played.”

Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma allowed one run and two hits in

two innings. Dodgers reliever Chad Billingsley gave up three runs

and five hits in 2 1-3 innings.

NOTES: Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez is to throw a bullpen

session Sunday and to make his 2013 spring training debut on

Thursday. The Mariners have two games that day, and Hernandez is

expected to pitch against Kansas City rather than Oakland,

Seattle’s opening-day opponent. … Dodgers OF Andre Ethier was

scratched from Friday’s lineup due to a blister but played Saturday

and was 2 for 2. Ethier’s right elbow was hit by a pitch from LHP

Oliver Perez in the fifth inning. Ethier was immediately removed

for a pinch runner, and Mattingly said he was not hurt.