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February 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma prepares to start intra-squad game

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Ken Griffey Jr. just walked into camp right in time to see Hisashi Iwakuma make his intra-squad debut for the Mariners.
As usual, follow along on my Twitter account @gbakermariners for some highlights.
Hisashi Iwakuma got through a 1-2-3 first inning on a popout and two groundouts. But he was roughed up for three runs in the second and now trails 3-1 in the bottom of the frame. Jesus Montero led the inning off with a double (video above) and then, after a walk, third baseman Vinnie Catricala botched a grounder for an error that scored a run.
Munenori Kawasaki followed with an RBI single and Mike Wilson ripped a double into the left field corner to score Kawasaki. Iwakuma was pulled after walking Nick Franklin, the inning ending without an out recorded.
Catricala had an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to get his team on the board.


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PHOTO: Brendan Ryan works on overhead throws for the first time this spring during this morning’s drills.
Iwakuma threw 38 pitches, only half of them for strikes. It’s early.
Chone Figgins continues to impress. Figgins led off against Jason Vargas with a but single up the first base line. First hit Vargas had given up after retiring all seven batters in the first intrasquad game.
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Figgins took second on a throwing error, then third on a groundout.
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With two out and Figgins on third, catcher John Jaso made a nice block of a Vargas pitch in the dirt. Vargas then got Justin Smoak to swing and miss at the next two pitches for the third out or the inning.
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