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March 3, 2007 at 1:20 PM

Washburn looks for inside edge

It’s still 1-0 for the Padres, heading into the bottom of the seventh…
I just got back from the clubhouse and, as I suspected, Mariners southpaw Jarrod Washburn wasn’t thrilled with giving up a home run to lefty hitter Termel Sledge in the first inning. Getting pummeled by lefties was a big reason Washburn fell to 8-14 last season and was not as effective as he had been in Anaheim.
He’s at least figured out the problem. With the Angels, he threw inside on lefties with success. Once arriving in Seattle, the trend ceased. Washburn is now spending a good part of his spring getting used to throwing inside on lefties with regularity. All he needs now is to do it with success.
He caught a bad break in giving up the second-inning bloop single by lefty Russell Branyan on a pitch that shattered the latter’s bat. But he also fanned the lefty-hitting Todd Walker, so the day wasn’t a total write-off. In fact, Washburn says his off-speed pitches are working more effectively than they usually do this time of spring.
Seattle’s hitting has gone AWOL so far. Jose Guillen notched the team’s third hit of the day in the fifth by putting a ball off third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff’s glove for an infield single. But Kenji Johjima bounced into the second 6-4-3 double play of the day to end that inning and Seattle went 1-2-3 in the sixth. Ichiro struck out to end that frame and has now been pulled in favor of Adam Jones.
Speaking of Jones, the team worked on pop-up drills this morning after yesterday’s disaster that saw him, Gookie Dawkins and Michael Garciaparra let a ball drop between them for the game’s decisive run.
*****************TICKET UPDATE******************
Guess the fans aren’t listening to this snoozer on radio because as of noon (PST) today, the team had sold 61,000 (give or take a couple) single-game tickets — an increase over the 59,045 sold by the same time a year ago. The tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. at the Safeco Field box office, the Mariners team store and online.

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