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Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on March 31, 2009 at 4:27 pm with No Comments »
March 31, 2009 4:27 pm

TODAY

Rookie Chris Jakubauskas continued his feel-good spring with five solid innings, Russell Branyan homered twice and Ronny Cedeno hit a grand slam as Seattle beat Cleveland, 12-4.

WEDNESDAY

Seattle hosts Cleveland in a 1:05 p.m. game that will be broadcast on KIRO. Probable starting pitchers: Cliff Lee vs. Felix Hernandez.NOTABLE

Jakubauskas, the non-roster invitee who spent years pitching in the Independent leagues, made another marvelous start and has made his case to make the team. In 16 2/3 innings, he’s fashioned a 2.08 earned run average, struck out seven and not issued a walk. "My whole goal was to come in here and show I can pitch at the highest level and make their decision tough," Jakubauskas said. "I think I have done that. It has been a good spring and it would be tremendous if I could break with the team. If not, I will go to Tacoma and hope I can do the same thing at Tacoma and come back here quick." …

Brandon Morrow worked the ninth inning and gave up a solo home run …

It sounds like a tabloid headline: "Ichiro Suzuki banned from camp", but that’s what happened. Ichiro left Monday’s game after two at-bats, feeling a bit light-headed. He told manager Don Wakamatsu he was feeling run down. "I told him not to come in today. And he may get the day off (today) too. We’ll see how he feels," Wakamatsu said. The Mariners theory is that Ichiro’s play and travel with the Japanese World Baseball Classic wore him down. What about teammate Kenji Johjima? "Kenji’s a catcher," said Wakamatsu, a former catcher. "He’s fine." …

First baseman Branyan’s two homers gave him seven for the spring, matching the team’s spring lead with outfielder Mike Wilson. Those seven home ties the team record, a record shared by Ken Griffey Jr. (1994) and Jay Buhner, who did it twice (1998, 2000). "I’ve shown them what I can do," Wilson said. "I guess that’s all you can hope for in spring training." … Add Branyan: Given the chance to win a starting job for he first time in his career, the 33-year-old journeyman has shown he can play first base. He’ll get the chance to play against righties and lefties, although against tough left-handed pitchers the team might use Mike Sweeney at first. …

Lefty Tyler Johnson will continue his seemingly endless series of bullpen sessions with, yes, another bullpen session today. The team has no timetable for his being ready, but the Mainers have known since February that he wouldn’t start the season with Seattle. …

From the leadoff spot, Endy Chavez went 3-for-4, stole a base and pushed his batting average to .448. Wladimir Balentien, playing right field, also had three hits – and he’s probably cemented a spot on the 25-man roster. …

Good Day to Be A Minor Leaguer: pitchers Erik Bedard and Brandon Morrow will pitch in minor league games today to get their work – Felix Hernandez and others will get the innings in the Mainers-Indians game. And to give Miguel Batista a chance to stretch an appearance, he pitched 2 2/3 innings in a minor league game Tuesday. He allowed a run on one hit and two walks. Pitching coach Rick Adair was on hand for Batista’s outing, and will be there with Bedard and Morrow today. …

QUOTABLE

From Ken Griffey Jr., who met the always-thin Brandon Morrow coming out of the team meal room: "Damn! All this free food and you’re still skinny. Eat something!"




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