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March 8, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Wrapping up the day

Better late than never wrapping up the day. …
Anyway, a decent day for the Mariners as they got a win, 1-0 over the Giants, and good pitching all around, notably by Jason Vargas (three innings, two hits, one walk, one strikeout). They also got a win in a B game over the Dodgers that included three home runs. Those, however, are the only three homers the Mariners have hit since last Tuesday, and Times baseball reporter Larry Stone is already wondering if there’s any reason to be worried about the Seattle offense.
Stone includes the quote from manager Eric Wedge saying it’s still early and spring training is different, anyway. All true, though also all true that there are valid reasons to wonder about the offense.
From a news standpoint, there were a couple of things today:
— Wedge said there is no ETA on a return for closer David Aardsma, who had off-season hip surgery and has yet to start doing anything baseball-related. Seems like the hopes he might be back by the start of the season, or even a couple weeks in, appear a little more unrealistic with each day he sits out. Seattle has no shortage of reliever options in camp, and in a week or two that battle may begin to get a lot more interesting if Aardsma remains on the sideline.
— Also, I wrote for the Wednesday paper about Matt Tuiasosopo, who was recently told that the team would like for him to concentrate on first base and left field. So for now, his days as a third baseman, infield utility type seem over, and it also throws another element into a spring that looms key for Tuiasosopo’s future with the Mariners. He’s gotten only seven official at-bats so far (he was in the B game today, as well). Being used solely in left field and first base would appear to put that much more of an onus on Tuiasosopo to show he can hit at the Major League level to secure a spot on the roster.
In other notes. …
— As noted in the game thread, Mauricio Robles had an interesting inning, giving up a double and two walks to load the bases, then getting out of it with a strikeout of Ryan Rohlinger. It was the first appearance of the spring for the hard-throwing Robles, who was part of the Jarrod Washburn trade in 2009. Said Wedge: “It’s his first time out so nice to see him finish that off. He started off well, then lost it for a little bit there, but it’s not easy to get it back and nice to see him bow his neck and get it back.”
— Wedge said the time for some cuts is coming soon, but hasn’t quite arrived yet. “We’ll start having discussions about that but haven’t set any dates yet,” he said. “But you get to the point in camp now where you start having meetings.”
Doug Fister will start for the Mariners Wednesday against the Dodgers in Glendale. Other pitchers expected to go are David Pauley, Brandon League, Garrett Olson, Dan Cortes and Royce Ring.
— Despite the lack of offense in a lot of recent games, the Mariners are 5-4-1. Wedge, though, says it’s hard to make much of the record at this point. “It’s spring training,” he said. “It’s important to play well and to get better, important to be prepared, that’s the way I look at it. Ultimately you want to put yourself in psoiton to win ball games and then the competitive juices flow and you work to win games and that’s the important part.”
— Finally, remember that Milton Bradley’s private hearing is Wednesday, so there could be some finality to that situation soon.
All for now.

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