- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

PEORIA, ARIZ. (AP) - Russell Branyan has already proven he’s comfortable hitting behind cleanup hitter Adrian Beltre. The Seattle Mariners’ new first baseman has some good speed, too.

Branyan had three hits to raise his spring average to .357, then stole two bases and scored the tying run in the fifth inning as Seattle’s split squad rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 10-8 on Thursday night.

Mike Wilson homered and drove in three runs while Mike Sweeney and Franklin Gutierrez had two RBIs apiece for the Mariners.

Ken Griffey Jr. went hitless in three at-bats and played four innings in left field in his first game in the outfield.

San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his first game since returning from playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

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