GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Fernando Rodney gave up a run and two hits in his debut with the Seattle but Jesus Montero had two singles and an RBI to help the Mariners beat a Chicago White Sox split-squad 7-4 Thursday.
"He threw the ball very well," manager Lloyd McClendon said of the closer who signed with Seattle on Feb. 13. "The ball came out good. He made some good pitches and saw the small end of the bat a couple of times and they got hits, but I was happy with how the ball came out."
Montero's second hit came in the seventh to cap the Mariners' three-run, go-ahead rally. Montero is coming back from a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal and season-ending knee surgery.
Scott Baker continued to make a good impression in his bid for winning a rotation spot. He allowed one run and three hits over three innings in his second start.
White Sox left-hander John Danks yielded one hit, walked two and struck out two in his first three innings of the spring as he tries to bounce back from going 4-14 in 2013.
"We were actually throwing (his cutter) to both sides of the plate and it was effective," Danks said. "It was around the zone and had a sharp break on it. That's where I expected to be at this point.
Adam Eaton had three hits for the White Sox and Dyan Viciedo had a double and a run scored.
Mariners: Baker is nearly two years removed from Tommy John surgery and feeling strong after 11 totals starts, including three with the Cubs, last season.
Baker, 32, looked solid against the White Sox after he gave up one earned run on a double steal in three innings. In five spring innings, he has given up one run with one walk and one strikeout.
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