at Surprise, Ariz.
Wednesday, March 31
Rangers at the plate: Michael Young has been on a torrid hitting streak and that continued Wednesday with a double and his first home run of the spring. The home run was a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Young has 14 hits in his past 28 at-bats and is now hitting .436 this spring.
Mariners at the plate: Milton Bradley went 3-for-3 with a pair of singles and a double. His leadoff single in the fourth started a three-run rally. He is now hitting .324 this spring. Mike Sweeney went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to raise his spring average to .559. Jose Lopez drove in a pair of runs with a home run in the eighth.Rangers on the mound: Rich Harden allowed four runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He threw 106 pitches, did not walk a batter and struck out four. Luis Mendoza followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He is still competing for a spot in the bullpen. Mariners on the mound: While Felix Hernandez was pitching in a Minor League game, David Pauley started and allowed six runs in four innings. Jesus Colome, trying to win a spot in the bullpen, pitched a scoreless fifth and now has a 1.64 ERA this spring. Worth noting: Vladimir Guerrero had two more hits. He now has at least two hits in six of his past eight games. Andres Blanco made his second start for the Rangers at second base. That appears to be where he will be on Opening Day against the Blue Jays. Cactus League records: Rangers 9-17; Mariners 11-16. Up next: Closer Frank Francisco will be used as a starter when the Rangers end the Arizona portion of their Spring Training by playing the Reds at 3:05 p.m. CT on Thursday in Goodyear, Ariz. After the game, the Rangers will fly to Texas for their final two exhibition games. Francisco has done much of his work in Minor League games but has not allowed a run in his four Cactus League appearances.
Ken Griffey Jr. will be back in the lineup on Thursday when the Mariners break camp by playing the White Sox at 2:05 p.m. CT in Peoria. Griffey had the day off on Wednesday against the Rangers but should play a few innings on Thursday against the White Sox and right-hander Scott Elarton. Stormy weather could be a factor, but right-hander Ian Snell is scheduled to pitch in a game that will be broadcasted on 710 ESPN.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less