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February 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Taijuan Walker versus James Paxton in today’s intrasquad game

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Taijuan Walker and James Paxton both yielded a base runner each, but survived their innings in fine form. Paxton saw Kyle Seager reach on a shot to left field that went off Trayvon Robinson’s glove. Should have been an error, but not sure what they wound up scoring it as Seager motored into thirc (these games aren’t all that “official” so there are no scoring announcements).
But Paxton recovered and got Mike Carp to ground out. Paxton had struck out Brendan Ryan to begin the inning and then — with Seager on third — fanned Casper Wells as well. He then got John Jaso to ground out to en the frame.
Walker got Chone Figgins and Dustin Ackley to ground out before Ichiro bounced a ball through the right side for a single. But Justin Smoak grounded out and that was the inning.
Brendan Ryan made a nice throw from deep in the hole at shortstop in the second inning, his first play made from that position this spring.


11:37 a.m.: Nice bit of cutting to the chase by the Mariners with today’s intrasquad matchup. We’ll see Taijuan Walker against James Paxton in a matchup featuring two of the most promising arms in the entire Mariners system.
At this stage, Paxton might be the most major league ready while Walker could be the most talented arm in the bunch. Who’s to say? I guess we’ll get a step closer to finding out who will distinguish themselves the most this spring.
Brendan Ryan makes his shortstop debut, batting leadoff. You’ve got Chone Figgins leading off opposite him and playing center field. No update on Franklin Gutierrez yet.
As always, tune in here and my Twitter feed, @gbakermariners, for frequent updates.
The lineups:
Team 1
CF Chone Figgins
2B Dustin Ackley
Rf Ichiro
1B Justin Smoak
C Jesus Montero
3B Vinnie Catricala
LF Trayvon Robinson
DH Jesus Sucre
SS Carlos Triunfel
LHP James Paxton
Team 2
SS Brendan Ryan
2B Kyle Seager
CF Casper Wells
LF Mike Carp
1B John Jaso
RF Carlos Peguero
DH Luis Jimenez
C Adam Moore
3B Francisco Martinez
RHP Taijuan Walker

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