• Scott Van Slyke, the son of Mariners first-base coach Andy Van Slyke, went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer as the Dodgers' left fielder in their 3-1 win over the D-backs in the 2014 MLB Opening Series in Australia on Friday night. "He's a proud papa today," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon.
• Right-hander Brandon Maurer threw well in a bullpen session Friday and will have another on Sunday as he returns from a back issue that has slowed him most of the spring.
McClendon said the 23-year-old is feeling much better and threw without pain Friday but is far enough behind that "it would probably take a miracle to get him ready" by Opening Day. Maurer will need to face live batters next week and continue progressing before a decision is made on where and how he'll start the season.
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.