Tuiasosopo shines vs. White Sox

Tuiasosopo shines vs. White Sox

Mariners 5, White Sox 4
at Glendale, Ariz.
Monday, March 8

Mariners at the plate: Matt Tuiasosopo led the offense with two singles and a double, scoring one run and driving home two. Left fielder Ezequiel Carrera and Mike Sweeney added two hits apiece.

White Sox at the plate: Alex Rios saw his first time in center field this spring and launched his first Cactus League home run to lead off the fifth. Paul Konerko also went deep for the first time this spring, connecting off of Ryan Rowland-Smith leading off the second.

Mariners on the mound: Rowland-Smith gave up Konerko's home run but nothing more in the two innings that he worked. He fanned two and walked two. Ryan Feierabend pitched two perfect innings in relief.

White Sox on the mound: The White Sox did a little situational relief work when Gavin Floyd exited following two scoreless innings. Erick Threets worked 1 1/3 frames but departed after Casey Kotchman's double in the fourth. Sergio Santos, another competitor for the seventh relief spot, came into the game and gave up Tuiasosopo's game-tying double on a 2-0 pitch, before striking out Chris Woodward and ending the inning on Josh Bard's groundout.

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Worth noting: Chone Figgins robbed Juan Pierre of an infield single in the first when the second baseman made a diving play on his grounder up the middle and threw out Pierre by half of a step. Figgins and Pierre are sharing an Arizona home during the spring, often talking baseball and even doing a little fishing together.

Cactus League records: White Sox 2-2-1; Mariners 3-3

Up next: John Danks makes his second start of the spring on Tuesday, as the White Sox travel to Scottsdale, Ariz., for their first of back-to-back road games, with a first pitch set for 12:05 p.m. PT. Danks pitched two scoreless innings to start Cactus League play on Thursday. Closer Bobby Jenks also is scheduled to throw, as the White Sox get a chance to visit old favorites such as center fielder Aaron Rowand and infielder Juan Uribe.

After spending one day away from the Peoria Sports Complex, playing two road games on the same day, the Mariners return for a 12:05 PT game against the Indians. It will be the last day in the Major League clubhouse for several of the players as the first roster cuts of Spring Training are expected to be made on Wednesday. Left-hander Jason Vargas makes his second start of the spring and is pursuing the fifth spot in the rotation. Right-handers Yusmeiro Petit, Steven Shell, Chad Cordero, Mike Koplove and Levale Speigner also are scheduled to pitch.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.