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March 9, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Wrapping up the day

As Jack Cust said afterward “any day you hit a homer is a good day.”
So this was a triple-good day for the Mariners they hit three — Jack Wilson, Cust and Alex Liddi — hit home runs to lead Seattle past the Dodgers 9-4.
For Cust, his two-run HR held some meaning even if it is early and spring and all of that.
“You’re constantly searching for that rhythm and timing, which the last couple games I haven’t felt great but usually I need a lot of at-bats to get into a little groove and playing two days in a row is nice,” he said. “I can see the ball a little bit.”
Reading much into spring results is obviously fraught with peril, and manager Eric Wedge said that is more important is simply seeing some good individual results.
“You’re talking about a case-by case basis,” he said. “We saw some different individuals today that put up different at-bats. It’s not all about average right now. You’re looking for approach and taking quality at-bats and saw more of that today. But I but think you have seen more of that the last three or four days. It takes some time for the work to leak into the ball game. You just look for those quality at bats first.”
In a few other notes worth passing along. …
— Here’s what Wedge said about starter Doug Fister, who allowed two hits and one run in four innings. “He threw the ball very well today. He controlled the ball game, did a good job moving his fastball around. He had a good tempo going out there today. His secondary stuff was good. I was really happy the way he threw the ball today.”
— Here’s Wedge on Jack Wilson playing another game at second base and handling four chances and hitting a home run: “He had a good ball game defensively. He didn’t have a whole lot of action out there, but whatever action he did have he handled well.”
— Wedge said he will continue to play both Jack Wilson and Brendan Ryan at second and short to see which combination works the best. “I’d feel comfortable with both of those guys. It’s about both of those guys, but also the surrounding cast as well and how that plays out with the utility role. They are both big leaguers and both have a good approach to the ball game and that’s what you like to see. … We’re looking to put the best ball club on the field, the best defensive alignment on the field, and make sure we have the type of depth to go along with that.”
— Reliever candidate Chris Ray threw a simulated game today to get some work since he’s been bothered by a calf injury of late. “We just wanted to see him throw,” Wedge said. “He’s had a bit of a calf problem, so we need to make sure it’s a controlled environment and make sure he gets his work in. We’ll see how he feels coming off of that and simulate another game or get him in a real game.”
— Wedge said it wasn’t yet set in stone that Blake Beavan will start Saturday. “We’re still determining that right now,” he said. That’s Felix Hernandez’s day in the rotiation, but the M’s don’t want to expose him again to Oakland, the opponent that day.
All for now.

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