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Seattle Mariners

M’s swing for fences in victory

Tue., March 5, 2013, midnight

Nolan Arenado hit his third home run in three games for Colorado, but Raul Ibanez and Kyle Seager connected for two more homers for the Seattle Mariners, who beat the Rockies 16-6 on Monday in Peoria, Ariz.

Ibanez and Seager finished with two and three RBIs, respectively.

Arenado’s solo shot came off Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker in the fourth inning. Walker pitched a perfect third inning before giving up three runs on four hits and three walks in the fourth.

The 21-year-old Arenado went 2 for 3, lifting his spring batting average to .411 with four home runs and eight RBIs. Arenado has never appeared in the big leagues and was expected to begin the season at Triple-A, while fourth-year veteran Chris Nelson starts at third base.

Seattle leads all teams with 24 home runs this spring.

Casper Wells had a bases-clearing triple in the fourth inning and finished with five RBIs for the Mariners.

Votto decides to play in WBC

Reds first baseman Joey Votto said his knee feels fine and he’s decided to go ahead and play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

Votto got the last spot on Canada’s team, but wanted to wait to see how his left knee felt after a couple weeks of spring training before making a commitment. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage last season, and wasn’t full strength when he returned the end of last season.

Votto made his decision after talking to team officials and manager Dusty Baker, who said he trusts the first baseman’s judgment. Votto expects to be a designated hitter for Canada and split time at first base with Justin Morneau.

Athletics, Phillies grab wins

John Jaso had a bases-loaded triple, Brandon Moss had two hits and an RBI, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 13-5 in Phoenix.

Vernon Wells hit a three-run home run and Mike Trout had three hits for the Angels. Angels starter Jason Vargas went two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out one.

• A.J. Burnett walked in a pair of runs in Philadelphia’s four-run second inning as the Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 in Brandenton, Fla.

Burnett lasted just 1 1/3 innings of a scheduled three because of a high pitch count. The Pirates’ opening-day starter allowed four runs, four hits and struck out two.

Cashman breaks leg skydiving

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman broke his right leg and dislocated the ankle while skydiving in Florida.

The Yankees said X-rays at Homestead Hospital revealed a broken fibula and dislocated ankle.

World Baseball Classic

Jose Abreu hit a grand slam to help Cuba clobber China 12-0 and ensure that it would advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic in Fukuoka, Japan. … Seung Song allowed two hits in four innings and South Korea beat Australia 6-0 in Group B of the World Baseball Classic in Taipei, Taiwan.



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