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Wilhelmsen loses his closing job for the second time this season

If and when the Seattle Mariners find themselves in another save situation, Tom Wilhelmsen won’t be taking the mound for them to secure the win.

For the second time this season, Wilhelmsen has lost his closing job.

Acting manager Robby Thompson met with pitching coach Carl Willis before Friday’s game in Baltimore and made the decision to try someone other than Wilhelmsen in save situations.

“As of right now, maybe like we’ve done in the past, we’ll try to piece it together and match up,” Thompson said. “And we’ll go from there.”

Wilhelmsen was called on

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Indians 10, Mariners 8 – “We are just happy to be leaving Cleveland”

CLEVELAND – Tom Wilhelmsen pretty much summed up the thoughts of the Seattle Mariners and their fans in minutes after yet another stunning walk-off loss to the Cleveland Indians.

“We’re just happy to be leaving Cleveland,” he said flatly. “We are ready to leave this place.”

After four days and four losses – three coming on the final swing of the bat – the Mariners have taken enough punches to the gut in this city to last 10 seasons.

Monday’s 10-8 loss in 10 innings might have been the most painful.

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Wilhelmsen talks about Rivera, the king of closers

Tom Wilhelmsen continues to make the case for himself as one of the best closers in the American League. He’s probably among six closers — Mariano Rivera (a lock because of sentiment and skill), Baltimore’s Jim Johnson, Chicago’s Addison Reed, Texas’ Joe Nathan and Toronto’s Casey Janssen — who have a shot at the All-Star game. Had a quick chat with him in Yankee Stadium about Mariano Rivera:

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Tom Wilhelmsen and the ballad of a change-up …

To look at the scorebook, it would seem like just another strikeout.

In his one inning of work in Sunday’s Cactus League game against the San Diego Padres, Tom Wilhelmsen ended the third inning with a swinging strikeout of Chase Headley.

But it was something more; something that could pay benefits for Wilhelmsen and the Seattle Mariners this season: a nice battle between the Mariners’ closer and the third baseman who was fifth in National League MVP voting last season.

The switch-hitting Headley, who batted .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBI last season, fell behind

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