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February 23, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Michael Pineda, Blake Beavan to start Friday’s intrasquad game

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Not a whole lot going on in camp right now but that’s about to change as the Mariners play their first intrasquad game this Friday.
It’s one thing to throw batting practice, or to take it. Quite another for pitchers to face live hitters in game conditions. This is where all the real evaluation begins.
“It will be nice to watch them play a bit,” manager Eric Wedge said. “Something different.”
And what a treat to start things off: Michael Pineda on the mound versus Blake Beavan.
Pineda is the organization’s highest-rated pitching prospect while Beavan is a former first-round pick acquired in last summer’s Cliff Lee trade.
“You love his size,” Wedge said of Beavan. “I really like the way his arm looks. And you love to watch a young person like that just continue to learn, continue to get better.”
The game is scheduled for five innings, but could be cut short to four depending on how it goes and how many players get in.


Wedge would like to mix in as many players as possible, not just the young guys.
Up to now, camp has been mainly a series of situational drills, in addition to pitchers honing their arms and hitters getting their swings up to speed.
But Wedge and his coaches need to see as many players as they can as often as possible to get to know them better than what they’ve seen in video. Exactly who will play and when will be determined somewhat on-the-fly to begin.
“It’s always more difficult at the outset because you’re trying to work them in,” Wedge said. “Then, once you get into a routine with everybody, we’ll start playing it about three or four days ahead of time with regards to pitching, regards to the lineup.”
Here are the pitching rotations for the intrasquad game:
Team 1: Michael Pineda, Dan Cortes, Chaz Roe and Jesus Flores
Team 2: Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke, Edward Parades, Yoervis Medina, Tom Wilhelmsen
All are scheduled to pitch one inning.

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