Jay Payton hit a two-run shot and Antonio Perez homered and
drove in four runs for the A's.Joel Pineiro threw five innings for the Mariners in his first
outing since pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball
Classic."I think it took me a little longer to get going," said
Pineiro, who gave up Perez's three-run homer in the second. "I
don't know if it's the weather or something like that. I felt great
and my arm feels good. I threw all my pitches."Fernando Vina drove in the only run for the Mariners."You did see a little of everything," Harden said. "That's
why I need more games. I still have to iron out some mechanics.
That's the big thing."Harden allowed one run and four hits. He walked three and struck
out seven. He struck out Kenji Johjima with the bases loaded in the
first and got Roberto Petagrine on strikes with the bases loaded in
the fifth."I don't think any pitcher really likes those situations, but I
wouldn't want everything to be easy during spring," Harden said.
"I still need to get my endurance. I was real tired that last
inning."Adam Melhuse has caught Harden both times this spring and was
impressed with Harden's breaking ball."So far it looks a lot better than it did last year," Melhuse
said. "If he gets that rolling it's a great pitch to have. He
threw a couple more breaking balls than normal today."Perez, who will back up Eric Chavez at third base, has six hits
in his last nine at-bats. He also played third, shortstop and was
moved to second base after Keith Ginter fouled a ball off his left
knee in the seventh."He played everywhere and he did all right," Oakland manager
Ken Macha said. "He's been very impressive, particularly hitting
the fastball."Frank Thomas hit again at the A's minor league facility, getting
three hits in eight at-bats and striking out three times. He also
jogged to first base. A's trainer Larry Davis said he hopes Thomas
can get into a regular game by the weekend, although Macha would
not confirm that.
This was the only meeting of the spring between the AL West
rivals. The teams meet four times in Seattle during the opening
week. ... A's OF Doug Clark was reassigned to minor league camp.
... The Mariners obtained OF Joe Borchard from the Chicago White
Sox for LHP Matt Thornton.