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Wednesday, March 7, 2007 - Page updated at 10:03 AM

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M's Notebook | Weaver roughed up in first spring outing

Seattle Times staff reporter

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There is some new legwork Mariners pitcher Jeff Weaver has been trying this past week to help take pressure off his throwing shoulder.

But it was likely both of Weaver's shoulders felt some pressure by Sunday's second inning, as one ball sailed out of the park, others missed the strike zone and his pitch count skyrocketed. His final line read: three runs, five hits allowed, one walk, a wild pitch and — oh yeah — 50 pitches, only 24 of them strikes, over two innings.

Not exactly the spring debut Weaver hoped for to follow up a World Series win with the St. Louis Cardinals in which he earned the clinching victory. But this is spring training and mound adjustments and the on-field lumps that result are best suffered now than later.

"You want to pull it together by your last three starts of the spring," said Weaver, whose new team, playing with a split-squad, fell behind by five early runs en route to a 5-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. "My timing was off for the first inning. I was trying to use my legs a little bit more. But I was landing a little bit later than I was hoping. I ironed some things out in the second inning and it felt good."

Weaver and pitching coach Rafael Chaves have recently discussed ways the pitcher can ease the stress on his shoulder. The goal is to keep his shoulder strong enough to get him deeper into games.

After watching video of him pitching, they've decided the different leg approach — using them to power his pitches instead of the arm — is the best way to go.

"I had worked on it in the last bullpen [session] and stuff and was trying to bring it out to the field," Weaver said. "But it's a little bit different when you've got some more adrenaline rushing through you and all that stuff. I think that's why the timing was off. But it's something that's easily fixable."

Getting offensive

The Mariners had gone 22 consecutive innings without a run before Adrian Beltre hammered his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot to left, in the sixth. Yuniesky Betancourt added another homer in the seventh, but the Mariners have still failed to score more than four runs in their first four spring games — including Thursday's charity contest with San Diego.

"We got a little more offense," manager Mike Hargrove said. "We hit the ball pretty decent ... hit some line drives right at people."

The one thing the Mariners did do was draw four walks, a positive sign for a team that was terrible in on-base percentage last season. Hargrove's club is still looking for its first stolen base of the spring after Betancourt was thrown out at second to end the second inning.

M's give up triple play

It was a bad day all around for the Mariners, who saw their split-squad lose 6-4 in Tucson, Ariz., to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Mariners even had a triple play turned against them when Michael Garciaparra lined a ball to the shortstop, who stepped on second base for a second out before throwing to first base for the third out.

Notes

• Designated hitter Jose Vidro went 2 for 3 with a walk.

• Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez tweaked his shoulder on a sixth-inning strikeout and was pulled from the game after that. He's day to day, while Aaron Small, who didn't pitch Saturday after experiencing back spasms, is likely to be out a couple of days more.

• Minor-league pitcher Juan Sandoval, blind in his right eye after being shot in the face a year ago, pitched a scoreless seventh inning despite allowing a walk and a ground-rule double to Mark Sweeney. Sandoval, in his first non-intrasquad action since the shooting, escaped the jam with his third ground-ball out of the inning and got plenty of congratulatory taps back in the dugout.

Sunday's box scores

GIANTS 5, MARINERS 4

Seattle (Ss) San Francisco (Ss)
AB R H BI AB R H BI
Ichiro cf 2 1 1 0 Roberts cf 2 1 1 0
Dawkins 2b 2 0 1 1 Ellison cf 2 0 2 0
Beltre 3b 3 1 2 2 Vizquel ss 4 0 0 0
MTuiasspo 3b 1 0 0 0 Ochoa ss 1 0 0 0
Guillen dh 3 0 0 0 Aurilia 1b 4 0 0 0
Ibanez lf 2 0 0 0 Ishikawa 1b 1 0 0 0
Nelson lf 1 0 0 0 Klesko lf 3 2 2 1
Sexson 1b 3 0 0 0 Lewis lf 1 0 0 0
LaHair 1b 1 0 1 0 BMolina c 3 0 1 0
WBalentien rf 4 0 1 0 GRodriguez c 1 0 0 0
Betancourt ss 4 1 2 1 Winn rf 3 0 1 1
Bloomqst 2b-cf 3 1 1 0 Ortmeier rf 0 0 0 0
RRivera c 3 0 0 0 Sweeney dh 3 1 1 0
RJohnson c 1 0 0 0 Shrhltz ph-dh 1 0 1 0
Frandsen 2b 3 1 3 3
LRFigueroa 2b 1 0 0 0
Leone 3b 2 0 1 0
DeLaRos pr-3b 1 0 0 0
Totals 33 4 9 4 Totals 36 5 13 5
Seattle (ss) 000 002 200 4
San Francisco (ss) 212 000 00x 5
DP — San Francisco 2. LOB — Seattle 6, San Francisco 10. 2B — Dawkins, Klesko, Sweeney, Schierholtz. HR — Beltre, Betancourt, Frandsen. SB — Ellison. CS — Betancourt.
Mariners IP H R ER BB SO
Weaver, L 2 5 3 3 1 1
Campillo 2 3 2 2 1 1
Parque 2 3 0 0 0 3
Sandoval 1 1 0 0 1 0
Cortez 1 1 0 0 0 1
Giants IP H R ER BB SO
Lowry, W 2.2 2 0 0 2 1
Matos 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
SKim 2 0 0 0 1 0
Kline 1 2 2 2 0 1
Sadler 1 2 2 2 1 0
Chulk 1 2 0 0 0 1
Correia 1 1 0 0 0 0
WP — Weaver, Cortez. T — 2:54. A.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, MARINERS 4

Seattle (Ss) Arizona
AB R H BI AB R H BI
Jones cf 5 0 1 0 Byrnes cf 2 1 1 0
Reed lf 3 0 0 0 Bonifacio ss 1 1 0 0
Torcato lf 1 1 1 1 Hudson 2b 3 0 0 0
Vidro dh 3 0 2 0 Ojeda 3b 2 0 1 2
Diaz pr-dh 1 0 0 0 Tracy 3b 2 1 0 0
Broussard 1b 4 0 1 1 Upton cf 2 0 0 0
Johjima c 3 1 2 0 Clark 1b 1 1 1 0
Burke c 2 0 1 1 Hammck pr-1b 0 0 0 0
Morse 3b 3 0 1 0 Drew ss 3 0 2 2
Wilson rf 3 0 1 1 Richar 2b 1 0 0 0
Frazier rf 1 0 0 0 Quentin rf 3 0 0 0
Garciaparra 2b 3 0 0 0 Brown rf 1 0 0 0
Triunfel ss 1 1 0 0 Gonzalez dh 4 0 1 1
Ordonez ss 3 0 0 0 Snyder c 3 1 1 0
Navarro ss-2b 0 1 0 0 Ford c 1 0 1 0
Krynzel lf 3 1 1 1
Thompson lf 1 0 0 0
Totals 36 4 10 4 Totals 33 6 9 6
Seattle (ss) 010 000 012 4
Arizona 211 002 00x 6
E — Hammock. DP — Seattle 1, Hammock 1. LOB — Seattle 10, Arizona 9. 2B — Johjima, Drew, Clark, Ojeda. HR — Krynzel.
Mariners IP H R ER BB SO
Baek, L 2 3 3 3 2 0
Alvarado 2 2 1 1 1 0
Blackley 2 3 2 2 2 3
Rowland-Smith 2 1 0 0 0 2
Diamondbacks IP H R ER BB SO
Gonzalez, W 2 4 1 1 0 2
Owings 2 2 0 0 0 3
Smith 2 0 0 0 1 1
Pena 2 2 1 1 2 2
Slaten 1 2 2 0 2 0
HBP — by Alvarado (Byrnes). T — 2:40. A.

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