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Ackley: ‘I don’t feel like I’m an out anymore’

Dustin Ackley
Dustin Ackley is looking to get his mojo back at the plate. / AP photo, Ted S. Warren

After Franklin Gutierrez’s outfield workout didn’t go well Tuesday afternoon, the Mariners were forced into another move.

Summoned from Triple A to replace Gutierrez, Dustin Ackley packed his stuff, bolted Cheney Stadium and began the uphill battle that is I-5 North traffic after 4 p.m.

He may have been Tuesday’s happiest commuter. After being sent down to the minors May 26 with a .205 average in tow, Ackley was coming back to the clubhouse most figured he would never leave after initial arrival.

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Smoak searching for confidence in Triple-A

Justin Smoak certainly didn’t want his locker moving 36 miles south of Safeco Field to Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium, but the Seattle Mariners are hoping it’s what he needs to build some confidence after batting .189 in 90 games this year.

Tacoma Rainiers manager Daren Brown spoke with Smoak when he arrived in Tacoma today and made clear what is expected of him.

“Play first base and get him to hit,” Brown said. “Obviously he has been through a tough stretch in the big leagues. Things haven’t been going well and that is why he is here. Our whole thing is

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