PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Brian Anderson pitched one-hit ball over
four innings and Terrence Long and Joe McEwing each drove in two
runs, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 5-2 victory over the
Seattle Mariners on Friday.
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki tripled in the sixth to extend his
hitting streak to 15 games, tying a franchise spring training
record set by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989.
Anderson struck out three, walked one and may have pitched his
way out of Kansas City. The left-hander's $3.25 million salary
would seem like a bargain to most teams, but the Royals could save
even more by trading Anderson and replacing him with Jimmy Gobble
in the rotation.
"I know today is a showcase," Anderson said.
Among the lefty's strikeout victims was Suzuki, called out on a
check-swing in the first inning. It was Suzuki's first strikeout in
50 plate appearances this spring.
The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the second when Angel Berroa hit a
one-out single to right and scored on McEwing's blooper to right.
Kansas City stretched the lead to 4-0 in the fifth, thanks in
part to two Seattle errors. McEwing reached on a throwing error by
third baseman Scott Spiezio, then stole second. Alberto Castillo
walked, and Long hit a soft, two-run single over a drawn-in
Seattle C Ryan Christianson will miss at least three weeks
with a broken left index finger. He was hit by Castillo's bat when
McEwing stole second in the fifth. ... Mariners LHP Eddie Guardado,
slowed by a strained right hamstring, threw a 35-pitch simulated
game. "It went great," he said. He pitches Sunday against the
Chicago White Sox. ... Royals CF David DeJesus and RF Long collided
when DeJesus caught a flyball for the first out in the fourth.
Neither was hurt. ... Seattle RHP Scott Atchison strained his right
elbow during a minor league game Thursday and will be re-evaluated
in two weeks.