Weaver and Co. stung by old friends
Righty knocked around by former Halos Figgins, Kotchman
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It wasn't your typical Cactus League game. This one came with subplots and a dash of international intrigue.Chone Figgins and Casey Kotchman embraced their old friends in red on Sunday, and then they went out and did everything they could to beat the Angels in their new Seattle uniforms. Like exhilarated kids let loose in a park, Figgins and Kotchman spent pretty much the entire afternoon in the familiar infield at Tempe Diablo Stadium -- with and without their gloves. They had plenty of exercise on the bases with three hits and a walk apiece while playing sparkling defense in Seattle's 12-6 decision over the three-time reigning champions of the division they share, the American League West. "This is going to be an interesting year," said Figgins, who accepted Seattle's four-year, $36 million free-agent offer following a career year as an AL All-Star in 2009. "I know how good those guys are, and it's going to be a challenge for us. I'm really looking forward to this." A substantial Japanese media crowd was treated to the first head-to-head showdown between new division rivals Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui. Neither legend disappointed. Matsui walked, singled and drove in a run with a groundout. Ichiro singled and scored, walked and lashed a two-run triple in the seventh, showing his sprinter's speed. There are those in the MLB media who think the Angels will be challenged to keep pace with the Mariners in their 19 meetings. Seattle added premier starter Cliff Lee along with Figgins, Kotchman and Milton Bradley to a cast featuring future Hall of Famers Ichiro and Ken Griffey Jr. From Angels manager Mike Scioscia's viewpoint, Ichiro and Figgins atop the order present obvious problems. Kotchman, smart and resourceful, looked comfortable slashing line drives behind them in the No. 3 spot.
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Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.