Oblique-di, oblique-da, life goes on?

Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswireJon Garland will take a 0.00 Spring Training ERA to the doctor.

Mariners 9, Dodgers 4

Highlights:

  • Rod Barajas went 2 for 2 with his second homer of the spring.
  • Jerry Sands had another hit, briefly raising his Spring Training batting average to .500, before reaching base on an error in the eighth.
  • Dee Gordon doubled and scored on a Trent Oeltjen single in the eighth.
  • Josh Lindblom pitched a shutout ninth, striking out two and walking one.

Lowlights:

  • Obliquely speaking, one trumped all. Apparently, live chickens pass unpleasant mojo to Jon Garland.
  • Hong-Chih Kuo allowed a home run to his second batter, Jack Wilson.
  • Wilkin De La Rosa and Jon Huber, neither of them roster contenders, let a close game slip away. De La Rosa allowed two runs in his second inning of work, while Huber gave up a grand slam and five runs total while getting only one out in the seventh.
  • In his return to the lineup, James Loney went 0 for 2 with an error on Ichiro Suzuki’s leadoff at-bat.
  • Barajas’ passed ball allowed the Mariners to score an unearned first-inning run
  • Rafael Furcal, Casey Blake, Matt Kemp, Jay Gibbons, Juan Uribe, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Loney went a combined 0 for 16.

Sidelights:

  • Former Dodger minor-league manager and coach Luis Salazar, now a minor-league manager with the Braves, suffered frightening injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive today.
  • Andre Ethier was replaced today in the starting lineup by Gabe Kapler just before gametime.
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