Brandon Maurer surrendered four runs in 2 2/3 innings in Monday's start against the Royals.
Maurer, vying for a spot at the back of the Mariners' rotation, allowed six hits. He was hit around hard in the second inning for one run, then gave up an array of singles before exiting the game with two outs in the third. Maurer was slowed up early in March by back issues, but will have a few more weeks of spring training to turn things around.
James Shields allowed two runs (one earned) in 4 2/3 innings of work in Monday's start against the Mariners.
Recently given the Opening Day nod by manager Ned Yost, Shields continued his good spring, pitching into the fifth inning. The right-hander allowed five hits, didn't walk anyone, and struck out five. His Cactus League ERA is now 1.04 in 8 2/3 innings.