In the latest Seattle Mariners news from Spring Training, Felix Hernandez pitched three nice innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Getting the start on Tuesday (March 12), Hernandez gave up a solo home run, walked one, and struck out three batters. Allowing just one hit showed that he is coming along nicely this spring and should be ready for a nice performance on Opening Day.
The day wasn't good for Hector Noesi, as he struggled yet again this spring. Noesi gave up three runs in just one inning of work, seeing his ERA rise to 17.36 during Spring Training. That is one of the worst marks in all of baseball and it might just be the last real opportunity that he sees to put in significant work this spring.
Brad Miller, playing third base for the Mariners, went 2-for-4 with a nice fifth inning home run off Chase Anderson. Eric Thames also went 2-for-4, with both hitters driving in one run on the day. The only other RBI in the 5-4 loss came from Brendan Ryan, who has now posted a .471 batting average this spring.
Manager Eric Wedge decided to try out Jason Bay as the leadoff hitter and right fielder on Tuesday, but he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the opportunity. Dustin Ackley slid to the No. 2 slot, where he went 1-4 for three strikeouts. The Mariners scratched out nine hits on the day, but ended up dropping to just 11-6 during Spring Training.
Next up for the Seattle Mariners now is a game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday (March 13). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT and Hisashi Iwakuma will get the start. He has a 1-0 record to go along with a 1.50 ERA this spring. Taking the mound for the 13-2 Royals is Ervin Santana.
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