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Archives: Feb. 2014

Feb.
17th

Walker reports no shoulder problems after first throwing session

PEORIA, Ariz. — Go ahead, breathe a little easier, Mariners fans. Taijuan Walker’s first bullpen workout is in the rear-view mirror.

Sure, Walker and club officials will insist this was a non-event Monday when he delivered 25 pitches — all fastballs — after loosening up by playing catch with Felix Hernandez (who also had his first bullpen session.)

Walker has been on a slightly delayed spring schedule because of shoulder soreness. Nothing major, everyone insisted. Even so, a crowd gathered when the club’s top prospect stepped to the rubber on a six-mound bullpen.

“It was funny, too,” Walker acknowledged. “Even my family came

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Feb.
17th

McClendon says Mariners are more than just Cano

PEORIA, Ariz. — Manager Lloyd McClendon is already chafing at any characterization that paints the Mariners as Robinson Cano and a cast of nobodies.

“I always get a chuckle,” McClendon said, “when people say, `The Seattle Mariners signed Cano. They can’t stop there. What else are they going to do?’ Well, the last time I looked, we had a pretty talented club.

“We have a third baseman (Kyle Seager) who is one of the top 10 third basemen in baseball. We’ve got kids at shortstop who can play. (Nick) Franklin and (Brad) Miller, those are talented kids.

“(Justin) Smoak is starting

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