MARINERS 6, RANGERS 3
at Surprise, Ariz.
Wednesday, March 10
Mariners at the plate: Mike Sweeney continues to show why he is among the offensive leaders in the Cactus League. The designated hitter went 2-for-3 with three RBIs Wednesday and is now hitting .729 in Spring Training. Teammates Josh Wilson went 1-for-2 with two runs scored while Jack Wilson went 1-for-3 with one run scored. In what the Mariners hope is a preview of the regular season, Ichiro Suzuki and Chone Figgins each scored. Ichiro went 1-for-3.
Rangers at the plate:
The Rangers racked up more than 10 hits for the third consecutive game but still came up short. Eight players had at least one hit. In a quest to earn a roster spot as a utility infielder, Ray Olmedo paced the Texas offense, going 3-for-3. First baseman Justin Smoak, who had been slowed with a left hip flexor, walked and scored a run.
Mariners on the mound:
Mariners starter Cliff Lee was a primary focus, and he did not disappoint. The veteran was charged with one run on five hits in three innings in his Cactus League debut. He struck out one and walked one. Sean White followed Lee on the mound and gave up one hit in one scoreless inning. Anthony Varvaro extended Seattle's dominance on the mound with another scoreless inning. He struck out one batter.
Rangers on the mound:
C.J. Wilson's bid to move from the bullpen to the starting rotation continued. The hard-throwing left-hander gave up two runs on one hit in three innings. He struck out two and threw two wild pitches in the 50-pitch outing. Wilson also walked a batter. Top prospect Neftali Feliz started strong, striking out the side in fourth inning but ran into trouble in the fifth and gave up four runs. For the game, Feliz was charged with four runs on four hits in two innings.
Feliz is making hitters think about all of his pitches. In the fourth inning, Feliz struck out the side -- Milton Bradley, Casey Kotchman and Franklin Gutierrez -- by mixing in his offspeed pitches with his heralded fastball. He topped out at 99 mph. After a steady stream of fastballs to Gutierrez, Feliz struck out the center fielder looking with a changeup that left the crowd at Surprise Stadium gasping and Gutierrez shaking his head. The Mariners answered with four runs on three hits in the fifth inning.
Cactus League records:
Mariners 4-4; Rangers 1-4-1
Rangers ace Scott Feldman (0-1, 4.50 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound Thursday as the club travels to Tucson, Ariz., for the first time this spring to take on Aaron Cook and the Rockies at 2:05 CT. Feldman, 27, has developed into a leader in the clubhouse and a role model for the other pitchers in the rotation. He gained instant credibility among his peers after winning 17 games in 2009 and hopes to build on his winning reputation in 2010.
Ian Snell and his Mariners teammates will have their work cut out for them when he takes the hill against Tim Lincecum and the Giants in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Thursday. Mark Lowe, Brandon League, Shawn Kelley and Jesus Colome are also scheduled to pitch for Seattle.
Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.