Worth noting

• Seattle catcher Mike Zunino homered Saturday, and he was also named one of 15 semifinalists for the 83rd annual AAU James E. Sullivan Award, which is presented to the nation's top amateur athlete.

Zunino, who played his college ball at the University of Florida prior to being drafted, has also won the Golden Spikes Award, the Dick Howser Trophy and the Johnny Bench Award.

• Joe Saunders will make his first spring start for the Mariners on Sunday against the Rangers at Surprise Stadium, and the southpaw will match up against Texas starter Justin Grimm.

Hector Noesi is expected to throw two innings in relief, and the Mariners are also expected to call on Josh Kinney, Carson Smith and Jonathan Arias to provide innings later in the game.

• Michael Saunders (Canada), Oliver Perez (Mexico) and Alex Liddi (Italy) will all leave the club after Sunday's game to play with their respective World Baseball Classic teams.