Scott Kazmir pitched 2 2-3 innings in his first spring start and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Thursday.
J.A. Happ allowed a two-run homer to Donald Lutz in his first outing this spring.
In this week’s episode of The OFP Report, Jason A. Churchill and Steve Silver discuss the backup plan to an Austin Jackson nightmare, what Kyle Seager’s offensive ceiling is and what the options are if a projected regular doesn’t perform or misses significant time.
Barring a change of plans because of injury, the Mariners’ rotation is mostly set before spring begins. Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton are set. Newly acquired J.A. Happ will be the fourth arm in the rotation, giving Seattle a second left-handed option.
In this week’s episode of The Hot Stove Report, Jason A. Churchill and Alex Carson discuss the expectations for centerfielder Austin Jackson, Franklin Gutierrez’s upside and the No. 5 starter competition between Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias.
The Mariners have agreed to one-year deals with outfielders Dustin Ackley, Justin Ruggiano and Austin Jackson; relief pitcher Charlie Furbush; and first baseman Logan Morrison.
In this week’s episode of The Hot Stove Report, Jason A. Churchill and Alex Carson discuss Melky Cabrera, Alex Jackson, Austin Jackson and more.
Steve, Bill & Jason talk with NFL analyst for Bleacher Report Matt Bowen, Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson, Denver Broncos color analyst Ed McCaffrey, Seahawks runningback Robert Turbin, and host of Inside Pitch on SiriusXM Casey Stern.
Seattle went 2-4 on the homestand and play 11 of its final 14 on the road.
Paxton (5-1) gave up three hits through the seventh. Ahead 6-0, he was chased in Oakland’s three-run eighth, and the A’s nearly got even in a harried ninth