Mike Zunino homered and doubled, Taijuan Walker pitched seven impressive innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Monday. Robinson Cano added his first spring homer for the Mariners and is hitting .364 in exhibition play. The Angels and Mariners fielded lineups consisting mainly of the players who are likely to start on opening day next Monday when Los Angeles visits Seattle. Zunino got a playful, palms-down ”easy does it” sign from ace Felix Hernandez in the clubhouse after driving in three runs.

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Left-hander pitcher Roenis Elias has been optioned by the Seattle Mariners to Triple-A Tacoma, a decision that likely means right-hander Taijuan Walker will be the Mariners' fifth starter.

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Kendall Graveman continued his impressive spring with 6 1-3 innings of three-hit ball, further staking his claim to a spot in the Athletics’ rotation and leading Oakland to a 7-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Graveman retired the first 14 batters he faced and got run support from Brett Lawrie’s two-run home run in the third inning. Billy Butler added a solo home run in the seventh and Josh Phegley and Sam Fuld, who hit a pair of doubles, drove in runs in the sixth. Graveman, 24, has allowed just one run and 10 hits in 21 1-3 innings this spring.

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez died Saturday night from head injuries he suffered in a boating accident last month, his Venezuelan team announced.

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Mike Zunino hit two home runs and Kyle Seager added a third for the Seattle Mariners, but the San Francisco Giants rallied from a four-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning with minor leaguers Saturday in a 9-8 split-squad victory. Zunino connected in the second inning off Giants starter Jake Peavy and again in the sixth off big league reliever Jeremy Affeldt. The Mariners fielded a starting lineup with eight players expected to start on opening day. The Giants had some of their regulars playing in a futures game at the same time.

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Yordano Ventura pitched seven innings of no-hit ball before being lifted because of pitch count, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. The Royals’ opening-day starter walked two and struck out four, facing only one batter over the minimum. Ventura, who threw 49 strikes in 88 pitches, retired the final 11 batters he faced after walking Seth Smith to lead off the fourth. Ventura induced Nelson Cruz to ground into a double play to end that inning.

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Seattle Mariners reliever David Rollins was suspended for 80 games on Friday for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball announced Rollins’ suspension, saying he tested positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. Rollins will not appeal the suspension. ”This was when I got back from winter ball,” Rollins said.

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Felix Hernandez pitched two-hit ball for six innings in his longest outing of the spring Thursday as a split squad of Seattle Mariners lost to the Kansas City Royals 3-0. Hernandez, the ace who led the AL with a 2.14 ERA last season, gave up one run. ”Changeup was nice, slider was good, fastball was unbelievable,” Hernandez said. Hernandez retired the side in order in four of his six innings.

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Khris Davis and Luis Jimenez hit grand slams and the Milwaukee Brewers had another big offensive day in a 15-1 win over a Seattle Mariners split-squad on Thursday. ”It’s pretty contagious right now,” said Davis, whose 420-foot shot bounced off a walking path and completely out of Maryvale Baseball Park. ”You don’t want to waste them here but everyone looks like they’re pretty ready.” Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy each had three of Milwaukee’s 22 hits and Matt Clark, Jean Segura and Logan Shafer had two each. The Brewers have outscored opponents 83-35 over the last 10 games, going 7-2-1 in that stretch.

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A look at what’s happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today: — TOUGH JAW Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is set to start against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. READY TO GO Adam Wainwright will make his second spring start when St. Louis hosts Henderson Alvarez and the Marlins in Jupiter, Florida.

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