Mariners 6

(8-11, 4-6 away)

White Sox 4

(10-11, 5-6 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 22, 2005

    Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, Tucson, Arizona 

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    SEA 010000140 6 - -
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    Seattle 6, Chicago 4

    TUCSON (AP) -- Chicago White Sox ace Mark Buehrle threw off a mound and did some balancing exercises Tuesday before Jose Contreras pitched six innings of three-hit ball for the Chicago White Sox in a 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

    Buehrle thought he would miss a couple of weeks with a stress fracture after injuring his foot shagging flyballs on Sunday, but an MRI and a CT scan revealed Buehrle had a stress reaction from a previous injury.

    The White Sox's No. 1 starter worked out gingerly prior to the game. Buehrle said he threw for about five minutes and did some balancing drills.

    "Right now, if it was up to me I'd go out there and make my start on (Thursday), but they're going to take it easy and go slow," Buehrle said. "If there is something down there that's healed already they don't want to aggravate it. As of right now I think I'm playing a little more catch tomorrow and in two or three days throw in the bullpen."

    Buehrle's next scheduled spring start is March 29.

    Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer off Bobby Madritsch in the third to put the White Sox up 4-1.

    Chicago's Kevin Walker gave up four runs and five hits and threw two wild pitches while getting just two outs in the eighth inning as Seattle took a 6-4 lead.

    Ryan Christianson had an RBI single, Ramon Santiago hit a two-run, go-ahead single and Randy Winn added another RBI hit for Seattle.

    The White Sox scored in the first when Timo Perez lead off with a walk, went to third on a double by Tadahito Iguchi and scored on a ground out by Carl Everett. Paul Konerko then drove in Iguchi will a double to center field for a 2-0 lead.

    Seattle's Jose Lopez doubled to lead off the second, went to third on a groundout and scored on Contreras' balk to make it 2-1.

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