MARINERS 2, ROCKIES 2, 10 INNINGS (AT SALT RIVER FIELDS)
The facts: Dominic Leone stranded three runners in the 10th inning Friday night as the Mariners held on for a 2-2 tie with Colorado. Erasmo Ramirez relieved Felix Hernandez to start the fifth and worked around leadoff doubles in the sixth and seventh before a leadoff walk in the eighth led to the tying run.
Play of the game: Shortstop Brad Miller started a double play in the fourth inning by tracking down Michael Cuddyer’s sharp grounder up the middle.
Plus: Stefen Romero rocked a two-out homer in the first inning against Colorado starter Franklin Morales…Miller opened the third with an opposite-field triple high off the left-field wall…Hernandez yielded one unearned run and two hits with throwing just 41 pitches in four innings. He then threw 24 more in a bullpen workout.
Minus: The Rockies got their run against Hernandez on a throwing error by minor-league second baseman Jack Reinheimer on a potential inning-ending double play in the second inning. Reinheimer also struck out in the third with a runner on third and no outs and grounded into a third-home-first double play with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth.
Quotable: “He’ll pitch late for us, but we’ve got a closer (Fernando Rodney). There’s no competition there. He’s going to be that seventh- or eighth-inning guy along with a couple of other guys. (Charlie) Furbush will be in that mix.” — manager Lloyd McClendon on Tom Wilhelmsen’s role.
Extra innings: The Mariners trimmed their camp roster to 40 by sending four players to the minors. First baseman Jesus Montero and outfielders Xavier Avery and James Jones were optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, while infielder Chris Taylor was reassigned to minor-league camp…The Mariners switched right-hander Scott Baker to a minor-league game Sunday rather than have him face the Angels for the third time in four spring outings. Roenis Elias will start against the Angels in Tempe.
Health updates: Right-hander Taijuan Walker reported no day-after problems with his shoulder following his first bullpen session (25 pitches) since a seven-day shutdown that followed a Feb. 27 examination in Los Angeles. He threw long toss Friday, is scheduled to do so again Saturday before having a 40-pitch bullpen workout on Sunday…Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to undergo a reexamination early next week, probably Tuesday, to determine his recovery from a strained ligament in his middle finger. If all goes well, he could begin throwing almost immediately…Reliever Stephen Pryor moved to the next step in his (nearly) year-long recovery from a torn back muscle by throwing 25 pitches of live batting practice.
Up next: The Mariners return to Peoria Stadium for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Giants. James Paxton is slotted for his fourth spring start. The game can be seen on Root Sports.