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Anderson pitches As to win over Mariners

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AP Baseball Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. - Brett Anderson pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning of a strong season debut, Daric Barton drove in a career-high four runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 6-2 on Thursday to take three of the first four in the AL West rivalry.

Cliff Pennington and Ryan Sweeney each added RBI doubles for the A's, off to a strong start after losing the season series to Seattle the past two years.The A's hope they can use this start for some momentum considering last year they began 2-1 but never were above .500 the rest of the way.

Anderson (1-0), an 11-game winner during his rookie season of 2009, allowed the first two batters to reach base in the seventh and was relieved by Chad Gaudin after 97 pitches. Gaudin then got three outs on nine pitches.  

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