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March 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Mariners wrapup

The Mariners are done for the day — and possibly a little longer as a “winter storm” already appears to be making its way into Arizona in the form of winds and dark clouds. That all may turn to rain overnight and into tomorrow, and the Mariners are bracing for the possibility of a rainout tomorrow and maybe even Monday.
Obviously, every team is in the same, uh, boat when it comes to rainouts. But the Mariners have a little more urgency with the Japan trip looming.
“But there’s nothing we can do about it,” said manager Eric Wedge.
Indeed there’s not — nothing to do but wait and see what the conditions are tomorrow.
As for today, the Mariners were blanked by the White Sox 5-0. Here’s the box and here’s the recap.
The highlights weren’t many, and what there were revolved around Blake Beavan, who allowed just the one run and three hits in four innings in another start that made a strong case for his inclusion in the rotation.
“I thought he threw the ball well,” Wedge said. “He was a little bit out of sorts in the first inning, but he fixed it and threw the ball well and did a good job with his fastball.”
Wedge said that ability to adjust and settle down was another sign of Beavan’s maturation.
“He trusts his fastball, he pitches with confidence, his secondary stuff continues to get better,” he said.
As I wrote in the game thread, Beavan told us he thought he didn’t have a good feel for his curveball in the first inning — when the White Sox got two hits and a run. But he said he settled down after that. He threw 48 pitches, 32 for strikes, and said “I feel like I’m doing everything I can, everything I can control to make the decision hard for those guys.”
Rule 5 pickup Lucas Luetge, vying for a role as a left-handed specialist out of the pen, also had another quality outing with two perfect innings, and two strikeouts along the way.
“He’s had a real good camp,” Wedge said. “He’s a young man who has handled himself well and carried himself well. He’s done a pretty good job against left-handers and right-handers.”
As for the other side of things, that was topped by the four runs and four hits allowed in one inning by Hong-Chih Kuo, whose ERA for the spring is now at 17.50 and is obviously on the ropes in his attempt to make the team as a reliever.
“He shows signs but he’s been erratic with his fastball, his breaking ball has been in and out at times,” Wedge said. “He just hasn’t been able to put it all together just yet.”
As detailed earlier, the Mariners made seven cuts today. Maybe the most significant was that of OF Trayvon Robinson, who will now go to the minor league camp. Robinson was hitting .529 this spring. But as Larry Stone detailed earlier this camp, the subpar end to the 2011 season had Robinson destined for the minors to start out this year.
Said Wedge today about Robinson: “He needs to go down and work. He’s close but he has certain areas of his game he needs to continue to improve on and work on and that’s why you have those levels to give them the opportunity to continue to go down there and work without trying to compete and be successful and do everything up here while you are trying to develop and get better.He has a lot of talent he just needs to go down there and work.”
Also of note today, shortstop Brendan Ryan missed a third straight game with a quad injury.
“He’s still feeling a little bit in his leg,” Wedge said. “Probably give him another day and then look to get him back in there on Monday.”
You can see some of Wedge’s comments in the video below:

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