SEATTLE -- Roenis Elias didn't retain his rotation spot after an encouraging rookie campaign in 2014 -- in large part because of his struggle to control his command. A spotty start at Triple-A Tacoma did little to show improvement.
The left-hander showed an ability to develop a rhythm and hit his spots on Sunday, though, in a spot start in place of the injured Hisashi Iwakuma. Elias went 5 2/3 innings in a 4-2 loss in 11 innings against the Twins, scattering six hits and allowing two runs and three walks. Elias struck out six.
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