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March 4, 2007 at 3:35 PM

Final Score: Giants 5, Mariners 4

At least Seattle made a game of it once most of the regulars came out. But not the best of days on the mound unless you happened to be Jim Parque or Juan Sandoval. Both are making comebacks of sorts: Parque from three years off because of arm surgery and Sandoval from a year away after losing the vision in his right eye from a shotgun blast.
Both battled out of jams, Parque in the sixth, Sandoval in the seventh.
The Mariners got outhit 13-9 and didn’t get their bats going until the middle innings. Manager Mike Hargrove, as expected, isn’t close to panicking. He noted it was a “cleanly played” game — which it was — compared to guys missing pop-ups a few days ago. All types of room for improvement, though, which is what spring training is about. I like the at-bats taken by Jose Guillen so far this spring, despite the fact he’s hitting only .167 (small sample size, remember). He drew one of four walks taken by the Mariners today, which, if nothing else, is a good sign from a team with such a poor on-base percentage in 2006. All of the walks were to guys that will be with the team come April.
The team’s split-squad also dropped a 6-4 decision to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Tuscon. Michael Garciaparra hit into a triple-play in that contest. Don’t have the details yet. In parting, it’s still early. The thing to be watching for here isn’t wins and losses. It’s trends. Both on the mound and at the plate. The Mariners know what they have to work on. We’ll see how they do over the next week.

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