- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

TUCSON, ARIZ. (AP) - Billy Buckner had another impressive outing in his bid for a spot in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen.

Buckner threw two hitless innings and lowered his spring ERA to 2.25 as the Diamondbacks beat a Seattle Mariners split-squad 14-6 Friday. Juan Gutierrez, also a 25-year-old right-hander, struggled early for Arizona _ allowing four hits and three runs in the first inning before getting an out.

Veteran reliever Tony Pena picked up the win with one inning of work, his first appearance since playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Arizona had 13 hits with 11 players getting at least one. Tony Clark hit his first home run of the spring, walked twice and scored two runs.

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