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June 4, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Hector Noesi to start Wednesday’s game on short rest for Mariners

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You’ve probably seen this on my @gbakermariners Twitter feed already and on the post-game blog, but Hector Noesi will start Wednesday’s game on short rest. Felix Hernandez is not ready to go in two days, despite the team saying his back feels better.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that Noesi, who left Saturday’s game in the fifth inning after getting knocked around by the White Sox, had thrown few enough pitches that he’ll be OK to go here.
The Mariners might also have the longer bullpen guys, Hisashi Iwakuma and Charlie Furbush, ready to back him up as long as Blake Beavan doesn’t implode early on tomorrow night.
“Felix is feeling better, but no sense in pushing it right now,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “I know he feels like he can pitch at any point in time, but we’re going to make sure that we’re careful with this. We’ve got the off-day on Thursday, so we’ll see how he feels again tomorrow and decide where we’re going to go from there.
“We’ve got multiple options because of the off-day.”
Wedge said Hernandez’s pre-game catch session was “just OK, but not to the point where I felt comfortable bringing him back on Wednesday.”
Wedge said a DL stint is “not even a consideration for us right now.”
So, youd expect any solution to be short-term.
On tonight’s game, what a show by the hitters again and by Tom Wilhelmsen.


You can’t do much better than Wilhelmsen did, coming into an 8-6 game in the eighth with runners on second and third with one out and Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo up next.
“I had a lot of blood running, you know?” Wilhelmsen said. “I had to take a couple of deep breaths, find a way to get out of it and give our guys another chance to swing the bat.”
His strategy was simple.
“I figured those guys are hacking, down two in the later innings,” he said. “I was trying to stay around the zone but nothing too great to hit. I faced them the other day (in Seattle) and just threw curveballs and they seemed to swing at them. So, I just decided to do the same thing.”
And they did.
“You can’t ask for anything more than that and you can’t do it any better than he did,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
The big offensive star tonight? Munenori Kawasaki driving in three big runs with his first career extra-base hit, a double, in the fifth inning.
Kawasaki was asked whether he believes hitting is contagious. He answered, through interpreter Antony Suzuki, that he did.
“Yes definitely,” Kawasaki said. “We have good teammates, we had a lot of hits tonight and I think I was able to produce because of all the hits that came before me.”
John Jaso — who had three hits — also agreed that hitting can be contagious for a lineup.
“You always want to go up to the plate hitting happy,” he said. “You never want to go up to the plate hitting mad. You can really dig yourself into a hole that way. And when you have a group of guys really cheering each other on, you go up there happy.”

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