Tim Anderson off to fast start for 1-5-1 White Sox
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Mariners 8, White Sox 3
Fast start for Anderson
Tim Anderson homered well beyond the 410-foot mark on the center-field wall and turned a diving stop to his right into a forceout at second base in Peoria, Arizona.
Anderson also singled and drove in two runs.
He’s 5-for-11 this spring with a homer, triple, double, four RBI and three runs scored.
First start for Giolito
Lucas Giolito, featuring a shorter arm swing, touched 95 mph and struck out Dee Gordon with a changeup to get things started, then allowed three runs in his two innings, although one run was unearned because of a dropped fly ball by left fielder Nicky Delmonico.
A charging Delmonico called off Anderson and third baseman Yoan Moncada but couldn’t make the running grab for the third out of the second inning.
A soft two-run single to the opposite field by Dustin Ackley followed.
“The windup felt good, like I was in control and relaxed the whole time,’’ Giolito said. “Out of the stretch, I felt like I was leaking a little bit. Need to work on pitching out of the stretch.”
Giolito, who led the American League with 90 walks last season, issued no free passes but hit Gordon with a pitch his second time up.
Likely closer Alex Colome pitched a perfect inning in his first outing, lefty Jace Fry rebounded from a horrendous outing with a scoreless inning and Ervin Santana impressed manager Rick Renteria in his simulated game.
Sox at Rangers, Surprise, 2:05 p.m. Friday, Ivan Nova vs. Shelby Miller.