Ichiro Suzuki set a Seattle spring training record by getting a hit in his 16th straight game and drove in three runs to lead the Mariners to a 15-9 victory over the White Sox yesterday in Peoria, Ariz.
Ichiro had two hits in five at-bats and is hitting .518 (28 for 54). He broke Ken Griffey Jr.'s record from 1986.
During a radio interview yesterday, Cubs pitcher Mark Prior, who is scheduled to pitch a simulated game today, said that he won't be ready for the first two weeks of the season, as had been speculated.
"I'm probably going to miss a couple of starts," said Prior, who has elbow inflammation.
The team has not set a timetable for the right-hander's return.
"He's just amazing," Mariners Manager Mike Hargrove said. "I tried to get him to come out in the sixth [inning], but he wanted to stay in as he is taking a day off tomorrow." . . .
The Athletics' Rich Harden struck out eight in Oakland's 7-3 win over the Rockies in Phoenix. He has 16 strikeouts in his last two outings and 29 this spring, tops in the Cactus League.
The 23-year-old Canadian, an 11-game winner with 167 strikeouts last season, went 8-2 after the all-star break. . . .
Kansas City reliever Mike MacDougal, limited to 44 innings last season because of elbow and shoulder problems, enters the final week of camp with a string of eight straight scoreless appearances that includes just three hits allowed in 8 1/3 innings. . . .
In Scottsdale, Jarrod Washburn pitched seven innings to lead the Angels over the Giants, 8-5.
-- From News Services