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Mariners hit five homers to win Cactus League opener

Mar 2, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

Carlos Peguero, Jesus Montero AP

The Phillies played Florida St. on Wednesday and there were three more exhibitions between Florida-based MLB teams and colleges today, but the spring season officially started later in the afternoon, with the Mariners and A’s squaring off in the Cactus League opener.

As one would assume with such noted powerhouses playing each other, there were six homers in the game, five delivered by the mighty Mariners on their way to an 8-5 victory. Michael Saunders, who could be the early season replacement for Franklin Gutierrez in center, started it off with a two-run shot off Graham Godfrey in the second. Carlos Peguero, Luis Rodriguez, Jesus Montero and Johermyn Chavez also left the yard in the game.

Utilityman Eric Sogard hit the lone homer for the A’s.

Montero was involved in a scary moment a half-inning after hitting his homer, as he went to the ground after taking a foul tip to the face. He was down for a couple of minutes and he left the game, but reports indicated that he was fine afterwards.

Montero, a catcher in the Yankees’ minor league system, will be the Mariners’ primary DH this season, but he could catch once or twice a week, too.

Also of note from the game was that Manny Ramirez hit cleanup for the A’s and went 0-for-2. And old friend Oliver Perez, launching a long shot bid to make the Mariners as a reliever, allowed one hit in a scoreless fourth inning.

  1. cur68 - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Actual game news between two MLB teams…??? omg….baseball, real baseball…I’d nearly forgotten what real game news looked like…so what if it was the A’s and the Mariners, it was still a game. Thanks Mathew. You made my HBT day.

    • deathmonkey41 - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      But what did A-Rod have for lunch???

  2. phillyphever - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Ah Matt, the Phils played against Florida St., not Miami.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      That’s what I get for going on memory instead of looking it up. Thanks.

      • phillyphever - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Ah, don’t worry about it. Let’s just call it spring training on here as well.

  3. djpostl - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Hell, it might be May 1st before they hit that many once the season fires up.

  4. firstandonlywarning - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Push back the fences at Safeco

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