Iwakuma throws two perfect innings, Mariners beat Rangers

Mar 6, 2016, 3:17 PM | Updated: 7:35 pm
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              Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish signs autographs before a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister tosses a ball to a fan before a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish (11) and Seattle Mariners right fielder Nori Aoki talk in the outfield before a spring training baseball game Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Texas Rangers' Ian Desmond signs autographs before a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) – Hisashi Iwakuma, who missed 10 weeks last season with a strained right lat, pitched two spotless innings in his first spring outing as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 7-3 Sunday.

Iwakuma logged four groundball outs.

Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee, who hit 32 home runs last year and had 323 home runs in 15 years in Japan and Korea, made his initial Mariners start as the designated hitter, walking and grounding out twice.

Right-hander Nick Tepesch, a Rangers rotation candidate, yielded three runs on four hits and two walks in two innings.

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