Jason A. Churchill kind of likes a projected lineup that includes Kendrys Morales, who remains a free agent and is being pursued by multiple clubs.
The arrival of Robinson Cano suddenly left Brad Miller in the midst of a competition.
Nothing is set in stone, but it’s hard to imagine infielder Nick Franklin starts the 2014 season anywhere but Tacoma.
The Astros failed to get a hit against three Seattle relievers and lost 3-2 to the Mariners on Thursday night.
Oakland’s Josh Donaldson and Nate Freiman each hit home runs in the first inning as the A’s scored four times. It all went downhill from there in a 7-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb pitched five strong innings in his first big league game since being hit in the head by a batted ball two months ago, and the Rays beat the Mariners, 7-1, on Thursday night.
Up 1-0 after a pair of hits off Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman, the Mariners were trailing 2-1 just four batters into the Boston lineup, with much more to come in an eventual 8-2 loss Tuesday night.
Nick Franklin homered twice, including a three-run shot, and Miller had two hits and scored two runs in a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Nick Franklin hit his first career grand slam in Seattle’s big second inning to back up a scoreless start by Felix Hernandez, and the Mariners rolled past the Astros 12-5 for their season-best sixth straight victory.
Joe Saunders pitched seven efficient innings and Nick Franklin and Justin Smoak each homered to lift the Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Seattle won four of six on its brief road swing, taking two of three against both Texas and Cincinnati.