at Peoria, Ariz.
Friday, March 21 Royals at the plate: Third baseman Alex Gordon and former Mariners right fielder Jose Guillen each hit two-run home runs. Left fielder Mark Teahen contributed two doubles to the Royals' attack, while catcher Matt Tupman had two singles. Mariners at the plate: Designated hitter Richie Sexson singled and walked in his three at-bats, and has seven hits in his last 16 at-bats. Wladimir Balentien, a longshot to earn a spot on the roster as a backup outfielder, singled home a run. Left fielder Mike Morse went 2-for-4, driving in a run with a double. He now has 23 spring hits.
Mariners up next: The Mariners and Rangers meet for the first time this spring in a Saturday afternoon game at 1:05 p.m. PT at Peoria Stadium and manager John McLaren wants to keep right-hander Felix Hernandez "hidden" from the American League West rivals, who open the regular season on March 31 in Seattle. Hernandez and closer J.J. Putz are scheduled to work in a Minor League game. Left-hander Ryan Feierabend will start against the Rangers and be followed by left-handers Ryan Rowland-Smith, Eric O'Flaherty and Arthur Rhodes and right-hander Chris Reitsma. Right-hander Eric Hurley gets the starting nod for the Rangers.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.