SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Chris Young tossed shutout ball in his Seattle debut Saturday, providing a much-needed pitching boost for the Mariners as they closed spring training with a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
With pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor all sidelined, the Mariners signed Young on Thursday after he was released by Washington. The 34-year-old right-hander allowed four hits, struck out two and issued no walks in 4 2/3 innings as he moves into a rotation spot.
The 6-foot-10 right-hander last pitched in the majors in 2012.
"Really doesn't matter if I'm ready or not. We've got to do it," Young said. "But I am. I'm excited to be back out there. It's been a while for me. I welcome the opportunity."
Kyle Seager's RBI single in the second was the lone run off Rockies starter Franklin Morales. He worked around five walks and three hits in 5 1/3 innings, a day after he was selected as the fifth starter.
Seattle newcomer Robinson Cano struck out and flied out before exiting in the third, finishing with a .412 spring average.
Brandon Barnes' RBI single off Joe Beimel in the seventh snapped the tie.