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The consummate “it’s only Spring Training” game. The Mariners blew the Cubs out today, mostly on the strength of scoring four in the fifth inning … and then continuing to score every inning thereafter. The Cubs’ offense didn’t do much today, but, in their defense, they were facing *the* Kevin Millwood.

The high points…

  • Everyone is going to talk about Carlos Marmol’s Carlos-Marmolian performance (4 ER, 4 hits, 1 HBP, and 2 Ks in 0.2 innings), but, like, it’s Spring Training. His best pitch (his slider) isn’t going to do much right now, and he’s been working on a new delivery, as well as working on his fastball. Shrug. I’m not saying Marmol is certain for a bounce-back season, I’m just saying that this outing doesn’t really lead me to believe much of anything.
  • Chris Volstad matched Jeff Samardzija’s impressive start yesterday – literally, if you’re going by the line (3 IP, 3 Ks, 1 hit). Volstad, another competitor in the rotation competition, stayed down in the zone, and essentially did everything he could today to keep in step with anyone else who wants a rotation spot.

  • Veteran lefty Trever Miller – whom Dale Sveum has kinda-sorta-obliquely hinted is the favorite to win the “other” lefty in the bullpen job – threw a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.
  • Welington Castillo didn’t do much with his start, leaving five men on base amidst an 0-3 day.
  • Alfonso Soriano hit another homer – which is swell, but, like, Alf: save some for the season.

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