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February 28, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Friday Memo: Cano gets his first hit … big whoops at the mayor’s office … changes to ride shares?

Cano can? It may have been just the first spring training game for the Mariners, but Robinson Cano already is making a difference. In his first  major-league baseball game as part of an organization other than the Yankees, Cano hit a line-drive single on his first pitch in the Mariners’ 7-1 Cactus league victory over the Padres. “I’m not going to lie,” he said. “It feels a little different. You look around and all you see is different faces. I’m here now and I had in my mind already that I’m a Mariner.”

I’m not dead yet! The Seattle mayor’s office was a little quick with a statement to the media Thursday morning when they mourned the death of Jim Diers, the popular former director of the city’s Department of Neighborhoods. Trouble is, Diers is alive. “I’m dead tired today, but otherwise, I’m feeling great!” he said on his Facebook page.

Lyft’s ubiquitous pink mustaches have become a symbol of the fight. The City Council expected to take a final vote on the proposals at a meeting next month, likely March 10. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Lyft’s ubiquitous pink mustaches have become a symbol of the fight. The City Council expected to take a final vote on the proposals at a meeting next month, likely March 10. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Hitching a ride: A majority of Seattle City Council members approved a cap on the number of drivers for Lyft, UberX and Sidecar at a standing-room-only taxi-committee meeting Thursday night. But the cap was quite different from what they’d discussed previously. If the proposal passes a full council vote next month, it would allow an unlimited number of drivers — but no more than 150 of them, using their personal cars, could work at any given time for each company. “This ordinance will eliminate Lyft in Seattle,” said spokeswoman Erin Simpson.

Weather: It’s another nice day, with sunny skies and a predicted high of 55 degrees, but it’s going to get cold and rainy this weekend, and snow also could be headed to Western Washington over the weekend.  National Weather Service forecast

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