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March 15, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Erik Bedard gets through 3 1/3 innings of intrasquad game; Ian Snell retires

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The Mariners are off today, but Erik Bedard had to get a little work in before hitting the links. Bedard threw 3 1/3 innings of an intrasquad game at Peoria Stadium, giving up a pair of home runs.
The good news for Mariners fans? Well, the home runs were hit by first base prospect Rich Poythress, a second-round pick in 2009. Poythress hit 31 homers and drove in 130 runs for Seattle’s Class A High Desert affiliate last season.
So, yeah. We know Poythress can hit in the desert.
More good news? Bedard struck out six batters and didn’t walk anyone. As long as his arm is OK tomorrow, it’s a bit of a win-win for everyone.
In other news, there’s a report out there from Fox Sports Midwest that former M’s pitcher Ian Snell has retired. The Cardinals sent Snell to minor league camp this morning and he opted instead to call it a career. I’d wait until heads cool off and retirement papers are actually filed before making book on that one.

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