MARINERS 8, ROYALS 5
at Surprise, Ariz.
Wednesday, March 26
Mariners at the plate: Batting around in a four-run first inning, Seattle got RBI doubles from Jose Vidro and Kenji Johjima. Jeremy Reed had an RBI double in the third. Brad Wilkerson banged a two-run homer in the seventh.
Royals at the plate: Miguel Olivo, out since March 14 with a groin strain, belted the first pitch he saw for a tremendous home run onto the center-field berm. Jason Smith, also in the second inning, raced to an inside-the-park homer on a drive to deep center. Smith added a second homer as he led off the seventh with a drive over the right-field fence.
Mariners on the mound: Erik Bedard, the Opening Day starter, worked six innings and gave up four runs on five hits. The two homers against him upped the total to nine in 24 innings. Cha Seung Baek gave up a homer to the first batter he faced.
Royals on the mound: Gil Meche, tuning up for his Opening Day start, faced nine batters in the first inning, giving up five hits and four runs -- three earned. He went five innings. Leo Nunez gave up a two-run homer in his two innings.
Cactus League records: Mariners 11-15-2; Royals 15-12.
Up next for Mariners: Two games at two sites are on Thursday's schedule. At 1:05 p.m. PT at Peoria, Ariz., Felix Hernandez will start against the Padres' Chris Young. Another M's squad will be at San Francisco's AT&T Park for a 7:15 p.m. PT game. R.A. Dickey will be matched against the Giants' Matt Cain.
Up next for Royals: The final Cactus League game against complex co-tenant Texas will start at 2:05 p.m. CT on Thursday at Surprise Stadium. Royals starter Mike Maroth will face Jason Jennings. Also available for the Royals are Brandon Duckworth, Neal Musser and Chin-hui Tsao.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.