PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Robinson Cano didn't want to wait. One pitch was good enough to get his Seattle Mariners career started.
"I don't want to go out there and take a pitch. I want to see how I feel," Cano said. "Maybe from now on I'll take a pitch."
Cano lined a single into center field on the first pitch he saw in a Seattle uniform, part of a two-run first inning that sent new manager Lloyd McClendon and the Mariners over the San Diego Padres 7-1 on Thursday in a Cactus League opener.
Cano drew the loudest ovation of the day when he was introduced, then got his hit against Eric Stults. The All-Star left the Yankees in the offseason and signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Mariners.
Cano played three innings. He walked on four pitches in the third before being lifted for a pinch runner. He had two assists playing at second base.
"It feels good and I know my swing is there. From now on I have to be patient," Cano said.
Cano's one-out single in the first put runners on the corners. Logan Morrison scored Kyle Seager with a sacrifice fly and Cano raced home when Justin Smoak doubled into the right-center field gap. Cano and Smoak spent time on a practice field earlier this week working on Smoak's swing.
"That was a beautiful swing," Cano said, adding that if the switch-hitting Smoak keeps his hand inside while batting right-hander, "you will see the difference this season."
Seattle added another run in the second when Dustin Ackley led off with a ground-rule double and scored on Mike Zunino's sacrifice fly. Seattle added three more runs in the sixth and another in the seventh, helped along by four San Diego errors.
"That was a tough inning for us there but overall we saw some good things," San Diego manager Bud Black said.
Mariners: Erasmo Ramirez gave up two hits and struck out one in two innings. Ramirez seems to be forgotten in the race for the final spots in Seattle's rotation.