Mariners 5, Indians 5(10)

Seattle’s Michael Pineda and Cleveland’s Lonnie Chisenhall, two

rookies with bright futures, look good under the glaring Arizona


Pineda allowed his first two runs of the spring in his bid for a

rotation spot and still got a glowing report from pitching coach

Carl Willis following a 5-5 tie with the Indians in a game called

after 10 innings on Friday.

”He looked good again,” Willis said of the right-handed

Pineda, who struck out three over three innings.

”He got into a little bit of a rush, which caused him to leave

the ball up in the zone and get hit,” Willis said. ”But he stayed

with it and didn’t get all flustered. He’s got a big fastball, a

good feel for the change and he’s still in the mix. We’ve got some

decisions to make.”

Last year, Pineda went 8-1 with a 2.22 ERA in Double-A, then 3-3

in 12 starts at Triple-A at age 21.

The big right-hander helped cool off Chisenhall, a 22-year-old

trying to win Cleveland’s third base job. Chisenhall came in

hitting .524, but struck out in the second against Pineda and again

in the fourth against veteran Nate Robertson.

Those two at-bats won’t decide whether or not the 2008

first-round pick goes to Cleveland or back to the minors. Neither

will his early surge, according to general manager Chris


”Lonnie has had a very good camp,” Antonetti said, ”But we

are mindful of his entire body of work, what our scouts tell us and

we don’t base decisions on just 25 at-bats here. That outlook can

change, but it is based upon much more than just getting


Chisenhall hopes to force manager Manny Acta into a tough

decision. Former shortstop Jason Donald has the inside track on the

starting job with veteran Jack Hannahan and Chisenhall making runs

at it.

Hannahan played first base against the Mariners, had two hits,

scored twice, and made a fine diving stop of a hard-hit grounder.

Signed to a minor-league contract, Hannahan is hitting .400.

”I’m trying to gauge where everybody is actually at,” Acta

said. ”There’s still 20 days to go here. I can say, ‘Hey, if

anything happens or with a little bit of polishing, this guy can

come up and contribute.’ That’s what I want to do with some of the

highly touted guys.”

Josh Wilson had two RBIs and Matt Tuiasosopo two hits for

Seattle. Adam Everett and Austin Kearns joined Hannahan with two

hits for Cleveland, which got a solo homer from Asdrubal


Cleveland’s Mitch Talbot gave up five hits and two earned runs

over three innings. That lowered his ERA to 17.55 after three


NOTES: Mariners rookie OF Johermyn Chavez was hit by a pitch

three times. … Seattle has eight players along with manager Eric

Wedge and coaches Willis, Jeff Datz and Robby Thompson who were

recently with Cleveland. … Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, an

ex-Indian and ex-Mariner, signed autographs with benefits going to

the Bob Feller Museum in Iowa. … In the morning, Indians RHP

Anthony Reyes, rehabbing from elbow surgery, threw 31 pitches to OF

Grady Sizemore, recovering from knee surgery. Sizemore put two in

play, missed two, and fouled off six. Both reported feeling fine.

… Cleveland sent eight to the minors including 2010 first-round

pick, LHP Drew Pomeranz, and signed C Carlos Santana and RHPs

Jeanmar Gomez and Josh Tomlin for 2011.