Updated Mar 4, 2013 - 9:49 am
Mariners make it 9 in a row
Update: X-rays revealed that Texas pitcher Martin Perez suffered a fracture of the ulna bone in his left forearm when he was hit by a ball hit by Brad Miller. He will miss at least two months.
The Mariners won their ninth straight game, beating the Rangers 7-6 in Surprise Sunday afternoon. The home-run streak is also alive as both Kendrys Morales and Jesus Montero hit their first home runs of the spring. After the game, Eric Wedge had high praise for what he saw from his catcher.
"Sticking his nose in there offensively and battling through ABs, that at-bat he had earlier in the game was probably the best at-bat I have ever seen him have," Wedge said on the field. "Against a guy throwing pretty good with good stuff, he ended up winning it in the end and winning it in a big way."
In that at-bat Montero went 1-2 before fouling off four pitches. He then took a fastball out of the zone and homered on the eighth pitch he saw, a fastball. He finished the game 2 for 3 with the home run, a double and a walk.
Joe Saunders went two innings and got in the work he needed to get in. He did not surrender a run and said he felt that tweaks he made to his offseason routine have him feeling stronger than he usually does at this point of the spring.
One last note: An unfortunate incident with the Rangers will be one to keep an eye on. In the sixth inning Brad Miller, who had replaced Dustin Ackley in the game, hit a rocket back to the mound that hit pitcher Martin Perez square on the wrist. He was taken for X-rays and no diagnosis has been announced as of yet but it did not look good. Perez was in line to be the Rangers' fifth starter at worst. There are also some questions about Alexi Ogando as a starter, so if Perez is indeed lost this could be a somewhat significant loss. Of course help in the form of Kyle Lohse, who is still out there, is available but the Rangers have not wanted to go in that direction. Again, something to keep an eye on.
Mariners host the Rockies tomorrow in a 12:05 game that will not be on the radio but will be broadcast by ROOT Sports. Later that night we will have "The Cactus League Report" from the Salty Senorita, where guests scheduled to appear include Carl Willis, Casper Wells, Tom Wilhelmsen, Mike Zunino, Stephen Pryor and Larry Stone.
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