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February 25, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Michael Pineda, Blake Beavan work out of jams in intrasquad game

Not going to give you a complete blow-by-blow of what’s gone on out there today, but both starting pitchers did have to work free of some jams. Michael Pineda got the first two batters he faced with a groundout by Jack Wilson and a called strikeout on Dustin Ackley.
Justin Smoak then doubled the opposite way to left field with two out, but Pineda got Jack Cust to fly out to left.
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Blake Beavan then yielded a leadoff single through the left side by Ichiro, who eventually made it to second on a ball in the dirt. But Beavan got out of the inning with swinging strikeouts on Milton Bradley and Adam Kennedy.
Bradley later lined a single in subsequent innings.
Neither of the team’s young bullpen prospects looked very good.


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Dan Cortes seemed to get more jittery as time went by and was all over the place, giving up a single through the right side by Michael Saunders (photo above) and then walking a pair of guys to load the bases. Cortes then later yielded a run on a sacrifice fly Josh Wilson before the inning was called because of the number of pitches thrown. Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo had to go out to calm Cortes down a couple of times during the inning.
Olivo then helped make Josh Lueke a little nervous by doubling off him to start things off the next half inning. Lueke apparently wasn’t paying enough attention to Olivo because the catcher actually stole third base. Anyhow, Lueke went on to yield a pair of runs.
Nothing to get too excited about. It’s only an intrasquad game. Everyone’s a little rusty and nervous and both.

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