TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -The Seattle Mariners pounded Jered Weaver for eight hits and six runs - five earned - over 4 1-3 innings in a 12-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
Weaver, expected to be the Angels' Opening Day starter, had his second consecutive sub-par outing. He walked five San Diego hitters in 3 1-3 innings his last time out. Against the Mariners, he walked none and struck out three.
``I was working on off-speed stuff today and a new slider I've been working on,' said Weaver, who went 16-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 2009. ``For the most part, I just fell behind (hitters). I'm not really concerned about it. I'm just working on stuff until the season starts.'
Former Angel Chone Figgins was tough on his former teammates, going 3 for 4 with two hits off Weaver, including a run-scoring triple.
``He's probably a little confident in there because he knows me,' Weaver said. ``We wish him the best, hopefully not against us.'
Ichiro Suzuki opened the game with a single to center and scored on Figgins' triple down the right-field line. Figgins then scored on Casey Kotchman's single. Kotchman, another former Angel, also had three hits.
Eric Byrnes hit a three-run homer off Weaver in the third, his first of the spring.
Mariners' left-hander Luke French made his fourth appearance and second start and allowed five hits and two earned runs over four innings. French went 3-3 with a 6.63 ERA in eight games, including seven starts, for the Mariners in 2009 after coming over in a late-July deal that sent Jarrod Washburn to Detroit.
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