Cano homers, but Dodgers beat Mariners 8-4 in 10 innings
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Robinson Cano crushed his second home run of spring training but the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 in 10 innings in a matchup of split-squad teams Saturday night.
Cano drilled a full-count pitch from reliever Chase De Jong over the right field wall in the sixth inning before exiting the game. Cano went 1 for 3 and raised his spring training batting average to .316.
Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz was 0 for 3 and has yet to record a hit in 10 spring at-bats.
''For the most part we played a good ball game,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said after his starters had just four hits before leaving the game. ''We just didn't swing the bats that good tonight.''
Dodgers left fielder Andre Ethier was the only regular starter in Los Angeles' lineup. He went 1 for 3 and scored a run.
In his third Cactus League start, Seattle's James Paxton had his best outing. He allowed three hits and one run in four innings while striking out two and walking none. He's battling for the final rotation spot.
''I felt good,'' Paxton said. ''I wanted to go out there and pound the strike zone and throw a lot of strikes. I fell behind a few more guys than I would have liked to early on, but I threw some good pitches when I needed to. It worked out pretty well.''
Dodgers: Carlos Frias was named the starter Saturday afternoon when Alex Wood was scratched because of tightness in his left forearm. Frias, who started 13 games last season for Los Angeles, retired the first six batters he faced. Seattle got to the 26-year-old right-hander in the third inning, scoring two earned runs on three hits. Frias also struck out three and walked none.
Mariners: After losing about 20 pounds in the offseason, Paxton showed his improved athleticism when he covered first base on a 3-6-1 double play in the fourth inning.
''It's that agility working coming in,'' he said. ''That's what I've been working for, you know? Trying to be more athletic and get off the mound. It showed right there.''
Servais was pleased with Paxton's performance.
''I thought Pax was pretty good for the most part,'' he said. ''Better curveball tonight than what he'd shown previously. Seemed like he had a little bit more on the ball tonight, so that was good.''
Mariners: There is no timetable for relief pitcher Charlie Furbush to pitch in a Cactus League game. Furbush missed the final three months of last season because of a slight tear in his rotator cuff.
Dodgers: Three-time Cy Young Award-winner Clayton Kershaw will make his third spring training start when Los Angeles travels to take on Colorado and right-hander Jordan Lyles.
Mariners: A pair of right-handers will make their third start of the spring when Seattle's Nathan Karns faces Cincinnati's Anthony DeSclafani.
Seattle claimed catcher Rob Brantly off waivers Saturday from the Chicago White Sox. To make room for Brantley on the 40-man roster, relief pitcher Ryan Cook was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a strained shoulder. The Mariners made their first cuts of the spring, reassigning to minor league camp pitchers Danny Hultzen, the second overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, and Brad Mills and outfielder Mike Baxter.