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Padres 6, Mariners 4: New outfield functions exactly as planned

Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Cashner got a bit roughed up in today's start. In his four innings of work, the Mariners scored three runs on six hits (including a homer by former Friar Seth Smith) and two walks. In seasons past, that might have been cause for concern, but we live in the A.J. Preller era now. The offense went 12 for 36 today, with four of those hits going for extra bases.

The biggest factor in today's win was the brand new outfield of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, and Wil Myers. The trio combined to go 5 for 11 with a walk and just one strikeout. Upton had the most explosive day of all, scoring in the second after hitting a leadoff double. Then, after Kemp hit an RBI triple in the third, Upton followed up with a homer off of J.A. Happ.

Also looking good this afternoon were Jedd Gyorko and Will Middlebrooks. After a slow start to the spring, Gyorko is looking stronger and stronger, with a double and a walk in four plate appearances today. Middlebrooks went 2 for 4, raising his average to .333 (insert standard warning about spring stats being utterly meaningless here).

Tomorrow afternoon sees Jason Lane taking on the Dodgers. First pitch is at 1:05 PM, and you can listen on 1090 AM.

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