PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Justin Smoak is starting to see the results of all his hard work at the plate.
Smoak hit a two-run homer and finished with four RBIs, leading the Seattle Mariners to an 10-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.
``Been working on a few things,' said Smoak, who began spring training with a 2-for-18 slide. ``Offensively, just trying to stay in the middle of the field and (Saturday) was good, both my hits were in the middle of the field. If I can stay there, hopefully good things will happen for me.'
Smoak, who also had a two-run single in the fourth inning, is expected to start at first base on opening day.
Milton Bradley collected two more hits for Seattle and is 7 for 18 with a team-high three doubles this spring. Chone Figgins, Josh Bard and Jack Cust also drove in runs for the Mariners.
Seattle starter Blake Beavan pitched three innings, allowing a run and three hits.
``It's always nice to face the heart of the lineup for any team because you get to see how your stuff is,' Beavan said.
Mark Ellis, Ryan Sweeney and Kevin Kouzmanoff had two hits apiece for Oakland. Guillermo Moscoso pitched three innings for the A's, yielding four runs and six hits.
``First time he got hit around a little bit,' manager Bob Geren said of Moscoso, who is in contention for the fifth starter slot. ``They had a pretty good lineup in there and hit some balls we didn't run down really well. It wasn't one of his better outings.'
NOTES: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez struck out six over four innings in a minor league game, allowing two runs and six hits. He threw 42 of his 67 pitches for strikes. ... Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez returned from Florida and went 0 for 3. He had been spending time with his injured father-in-law, Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar. Salazar was hurt when a batted ball struck him in the face on Wednesday. ... The Mariners optioned LHP Mauricio Robles, INF Alex Liddi and OF Carlos Peguero to Triple-A Tacoma, and OF Johermyn Chavez to Double-A Jackson. They also reassigned RHP Yusmeiro Petit and LHP James Paxton to minor league camp. ... Oakland RHPs Michael Wuertz and Joey Devine threw simulated games. Wuertz made 20 pitches and is expected to pitch again Tuesday. Devine ended his session after nine pitches because he felt ``tightness,' according to Geren.
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