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Carraway to make first spring start Sunday

PEORIA, Ariz. - Andrew Carraway, a 26-year-old right-hander in his first Major League camp, will make his first Cactus League start Sunday when the Mariners host the White Sox at Peoria Stadium.

The former Virginia standout has made three relief appearances this spring and is thrilled to be getting the first call for what is expected to be a two-inning stint on Sunday.

"You never know in this game because everything is so uncertain," Carraway said, "so you take something like that and just give it everything you can and see what happens next. It's really cool to get to do that. I'm very fortunate and very happy just to be in this clubhouse, so I'm very excited about that opportunity."

Carraway, a 12th-round Draft pick in 2009, made the jump to Tacoma early last season after starting out 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA in Double-A Jackson. He went 5-7 with a 4.66 ERA in 20 starts with the Rainiers and now is soaking up everything he can in his first Major League camp.

In his three Cactus League appearances, he's given up one run in four innings for a 2.25 ERA with four hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

"This has been a great experience," he said. "It's a really good place to get your work in. There's so much support here, it's really cool being in the clubhouse with all these guys that have been there and won in the big leagues. I'm learning a lot."

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog.
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