Bay homers, Mariners connect 4 times vs Texas

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm •  Published: March 1, 2013
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"We're out here to get ready for the season, but we're also out here to compete," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "If you're going to play, you might as well win. I like what's happening in these games. We have a lot of guys with great ability, and it's starting to manifest itself."

The Rangers have scuffled to a 1-6-1 record while experimenting with lineups and nursing several injuries, including calf strains to Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre that aren't considered serious.

Outfielder Nelson Cruz had chest pains Friday and underwent tests at a local hospital that showed a muscle strain. He's expected to resume baseball activity as early as Saturday.

Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus doubled and walked in his return to the lineup after a bizarre setback. He was scratched the previous day with what the team called "sensitivity in his left arm" — apparently caused by an elaborate tattoo.

Andrus will now join Team Venezuela for the World Baseball Classic.

The Mariners roughed up Cory Burns and Neal Cotts. Neither are serious contenders for the 25-man roster.

NOTES: Berkman is expected to play on Saturday. Beltre (calf) increased his baseball activity Friday, but the Rangers haven't set a date when he'll play. ... The Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to start Saturday's home game against the Dodgers. Non-roster invitee Jeremy Bonderman will pitch after that.

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