• The Mariners made a pitching change for Sunday's game against the Angels and will start left-hander Roenis Elias, a non-roster invitee who is having a strong camp, in the 1:10 p.m. game in Tempe. Veteran right-hander Scott Baker, who was scheduled to start, instead will pitch in a Minor League game in Peoria.
The club wanted to avoid having Baker face the division-rival Angels for a third time in four spring outings and also will get a better look at Elias, a 25-year-old Cuban who has allowed just one earned run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings over three appearances this spring.
• After sitting out the past five days with a stiff lower back, Corey Hart played first base Friday and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
• Shortstop Brad Miller made an outstanding defensive play on a double-play grounder up the middle in the fourth inning with a backhand flip to the bag, and also went 2-for-2 with a triple to raise his spring average to .407. But McClendon said the competition at shortstop continues to be heated between Miller and Nick Franklin.
"He's played extremely well and competed well," McClendon said. "It's been interesting. And Nick has played well also. It's been a lot of fun watching."
Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.