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April 3, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Mariners lose a wild one, 9-8 to Rockies

This was a crazy game — the Mariners committed five errors, including two on one play by Alex Liddi. They also threw four wild pitches. But they banged out 16 hits, including four by Carlos Peguero, and that’s what manager Eric Wedge focused on.
“It’s been a very good offensive spring for us,” he said. “It’s a big step for us in the right direction. There’s a lot of things going on for us offensively that are real, and it should play for us during the season.”


I think Peguero will probably beat out Liddi for one of the final spots on the roster. I know people are screaming, “Cut FIggins! Cut Figgins!” but I would be very surprised if that happened at this juncture. I still think he has April to show something, or else they’ll re-visit that issue. But I just don’t see them making that move after just two regular-season games.
Charlie Furbush strengthened his case to stick in the bullpen. He was by far the Mariners’ most effective pitcher yesterday, working 2 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings to lower his spring ERA to 0.87.
And the hit machine, Munenori Kawasaki, had two more, including a triple, to raise his spring average to .455, tops in all of baseball. But Wedge had a telling answer when I asked him if it was going to be difficult juggling playing time for Kawasaki and Seager (who also had two hits, with a triple, and is hitting .362 this spring).
“I don’t know about that,” he replied. “Kawasaki’s role on this team is more of a utility type. I think one thing we talked about doing is trying to play everyone as best we can and keep everyone fresh and strong. That’s where I see Kawasaki fitting in.”
The Mariners will probably announce their final two cuts late tomorrow morning.

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