ROYALS 8, MARINERS (SS) 2 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)
MARINERS (SS) 3, at DIAMONDBACKS 3 (AT SALT RIVER FIELDS)
The facts: The Royals scored five runs with two outs in the third inning against Mariners starter Brandon Maurer and minor-leaguer Stephen Shackleford. The Mariners built a 3-1 lead against Arizona before James Gillheeney gave it back in the fifth.
Play of the game: Royals starter James Shields picked off Robinson Cano at third in the fourth inning. It was a borderline move, but it completely fooled Cano.
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Plus: James Paxton worked four innings against the D-Backs without, he admitted, his best stuff but allowed only one run because he got ground balls from 12 of 16 hitters…Cano returned to the lineup in the afternoon game for the first time since undergoing a root canal on March 5. He went three for three and is nine for 15 in six games…Shortstop Brad Miller had a bunt single and a triple in four at-bats against Arizona.
Minus: The Mariners, not counting Cano, only got three hits against the Royals. They also committed two errors, had two wild pitches (both by Stephen Kohlscheen) and a passed ball.
Quotable: “I know it’s spring training, but you don’t want to look bad like that. He got everybody. Even the third-base coach. Nobody said anything. But it’s good that he did it now and not during the season. ” — Robinson Cano on being picked off third base by Royals starter James Shields.
Extra innings: Right-hander Taijuan Walker continues to show encouraging progress in his recovery from shoulder bursitis. He is throwing at 120-150 feet…Righty Stephen Pryor threw live batting practice for the first time this spring. He is recovering from torn back muscle…Full-squad workouts begin Tuesday in minor-league camp.
Up next: The Mariners make the first of two spring trips to Tempe to face the Angels. Right-hander Scott Baker will make his third spring start in his bid to win a spot in the rotation. The Angels plan to start lefty C.J. Wilson.