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Rockies, Mariners end Spring Training with tie

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Colorado's Nolan Arenado ended Spring Training with a solo homer and Seattle's Kyle Petty drove in a run, as the Mariners and Rockies played to a 1-1 tie in the final game of camp Saturday at Salt River Fields.

Arenado finished the spring with a .231 Cactus League average -- he hit .212 for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic -- and Saturday's homer was his third.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Colorado's Nolan Arenado ended Spring Training with a solo homer and Seattle's Kyle Petty drove in a run, as the Mariners and Rockies played to a 1-1 tie in the final game of camp Saturday at Salt River Fields.

Arenado finished the spring with a .231 Cactus League average -- he hit .212 for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic -- and Saturday's homer was his third.

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"I do like the fact that he hit a homer on his last at-bat, so let's see what happens Monday," Rockies manager Bud Black said, referring to Opening Day in Milwaukee. "Everything's different. From our end, this guy's an All-Star player. He's going to be fine."

Video: SEA@COL: Arenado teams with LeMahieu for double play

Mariners manager Scott Servais left his starters in for just one at-bat in the Cactus League finale, and the only one to get a hit was Kyle Seager with a second-inning single. His younger brother, Justin, played as a Minor League call-up and doubled in the fifth. Justin Seager, 24, hit .222 with 13 homers last year for Class A Advanced Bakersfield.

"I wouldn't give it an A-plus," Servais said of the spring. "But overall, outside of the [Drew] Smyly issue, everybody got through it healthy. I like the look of our bullpen. I know people have questions, but I like where we're at there. The starting rotation will be fine, and I've liked our offense from Day One. I think we're in a good spot, we've got a lot of games ahead of us, a long season ahead. But our guys are ready to go."

Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela, 22, faced just six Mariners in two innings in his final outing of the spring. He threw 26 pitches (15 strikes), as he's in line to make the season-opening rotation. Over eight spring outings, Senzatela struck out 21 against just three walks.

"It feels just awesome -- a big dream is coming up," Senzatela said. "It's nice. Every time I come to Spring Training, I try to make the team. I want the big leagues. Last year was the same. I'd just thrown A-ball, but I said, 'I want to make the team.' You never know."

Video: SEA@COL: Senzatela discusses his two-inning outing

Senzatela's outing was moved to Saturday, which puts him in line to potentially make his Major League debut in the fourth game of the season at Milwaukee.

Mariners right-hander Yovani Gallardo threw three scoreless innings with two hits, no walks and no strikeouts, as he tuned up for his Mariners debut on Friday in Anaheim as Seattle's fifth starter. Gallardo needed just 31 pitches in his most efficient outing since returning from the World Baseball Classic.

"It's always good to end on a good note," Gallardo said. "That's one of the things I was focused on all spring, being aggressive in the strike zone. We all know the season is right around the corner. It's been a long spring. We're all excited about where we're at and looking forward to Monday and getting the season under way."

Left-hander Ariel Miranda, recalled from Triple-A on Friday to replace the injured Drew Smyly in the Mariners' No. 4 spot in the rotation, pitched five innings in relief of Gallardo and allowed one run -- Arenado's homer as the second batter he faced -- on three hits with five strikeouts.

Video: SEA@COL: Petty scores Hebert on fielder's choice

Mariners up next: It's time for the regular season on Monday when Felix Hernandez makes his ninth straight Opening Day start in a 5:10 p.m. PT game against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Houston will counter with lefty Dallas Keuchel in a battle of former AL Cy Young Award winners.

Rockies up next: Right-hander Jon Gray will make his first Opening Day start against the Brewers at Miller Park at 12:10 p.m. MT on Monday. The Brewers will start righty Junior Guerra. This will be the Rockies' fourth opener at Milwaukee since 2010.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.