TACOMA, Wash. - Seattle Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee tossed six shutout innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday.
Lee, working his way after straining his abdomen during spring training, allowed three hits, struck out four and walked none against Salt Lake. He threw 68 pitches.
Lee retired the first nine batters he faced, then allowed two hits in the fourth inning. Peter Bourjos led off with a bunt single and Freddy Sandoval followed with a lazy fly ball that center fielder Ezequiel Carrera lost in the sun for a hit.
Lee then got Michael Ryan to ground into a double play and retired Terry Evans on a fly ball to center to end the inning.
Lee could make his Mariners debut this month.