Oakland defeats Mariners in exhibition
Jonny Gomes and Jemile Weeks hit two-run homers to help the Oakland Athletics’ backups beat up the Seattle Mariners’ regulars 9-2.
Carlos Peguero homered for the second straight day for Seattle.
Mariners starter Hector Noesi, acquired with catcher Jesus Montero from the New York Yankees for pitcher Michael Pineda, struck out two and walked two in two hitless innings.
Montero was out of the lineup, a day after he was hit in the jaw by two foul balls. He ran sprints on a side field during the game.
The Mariners’ new-look top of the order featuring Chone Figgins, Dustin Ackley and Ichiro Suzuki went hitless in seven combined at-bats. Ackley stole a base and scored after walking in the first inning.
A Marlin Fanfest success
With the Miami Marlins’ first spring training game not until Monday, the mood was as sunny as the weather Saturday at the team’s annual Fanfest. Thousands turned out to take a peek at ballpark and join the growing bandwagon for a franchise transformed by a recent spending binge.
Anticipation is the highest since the Marlins’ first season, in part because of newcomers Ozzie Guillen, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell and Carlos Zambrano.
Maybin, Padres agree
Outfielder Cameron Maybin and the San Diego Padres agreed to a $25 million, five-year contract.
The 24-year-old Maybin was acquired in November 2010 from the Marlins. He was selected the team’s most valuable player in 2011 after he hit .264 with nine homers and 40 runs batted in and stole 40 bases in a career-high 137 games.
Around the bases
The Oakland Athletics and Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes finalized their $36 million, four-year deal. … The Milwaukee Brewers renewed the contract of closer John Axford. … New York Mets third baseman David Wright was scratched from an intrasquad game because of soreness around his ribcage, while outfielder Scott Hairston injured his left side and could be out for a week or more.