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Mariners Lose to Texas, Make Roster Changes

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Texas offense strong in win over Seattle
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - The Seattle Mariners' pitchers struggled
again yesterday as the M's lost to the Texas Rangers 9-1 in a
Cactus League game.

Seven of the Rangers' starters had at least one hit or scored
against Seattle. Texas had 15 hits off Seattle pitchers and
benefited from three Mariners errors.

Seattle managed just four hits and pitched with runners on base
in every inning but one. Starter Jarrod Washburn had three
strikeouts in three innings but also walked two and gave up five

Reliever Miguel Batista rebounded from a rough outing against
the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday to pitch two strong innings, but Roy
Corcoran, a candidate for Seattle's closer job, gave up four runs
on three hits in one-third of an inning.


Mike Sweeney, in camp as a non-roster invitee, homered in the
seventh inning for Seattle's only run yesterday. The 35-year-old
played first base for the first time this spring after making two
appearances as the designated hitter.

Ken Griffey Jr. went hitless in four at-bats and is batting just
.125 in the Cactus League.


The Mariners have split squad games today. One team will play
the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Arizona, while the other will play the
Arizona Diamondbacks in Tucson.

The Mariners say manager Don Wakamatsu will attend the game in
Mesa so he can watch closing pitcher candidates Mark Lowe, Tyler
Walker and David Aardsma, along with right-hander Shawn Kelley.
Gaby Hernandez is scheduled to start against the Cubs and Jason
Vargas against the D-backs.
Mariners sign RHP Chad Cordero
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - The closer-needy Seattle Mariners have
signed veteran right-hander Chad Cordero to a minor league contact
and invited him to the final weeks of their spring training camp.

The Mariners say they expect Cordero to report to camp today. He
turns 27 next week.

Cordero has 128 career saves since 2003. He has been out since
last May with a shoulder injury sustained while he was with the
Washington Nationals.

He eventually had surgery in July and will continue
rehabilitating in his first weeks with the Mariners.

Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik says the team will be
cautious and patient with Cordero's recovery. But he says the
Mariners are optimistic Cordero can help them this season.
Mariners send top draft pick down to minor league camp
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Seattle right-hander Josh Fields, the
Mariners' first-round draft pick last year, was one of five players
the team reassigned to its minor league camp yesterday.

Fields has not pitched in a Cactus League game since arriving in
camp and has been relegated to side work, though manager Don
Wakamatsu hasn't ruled out bringing him back up at some point.

The move to send Fields down was expected and the 22-year-old
didn't seem concerned about not pitching in a game with the big
league club.

The Mariners also sent right-hander Tracy Thorpe, catcher Israel
Nunez and infielders Callix Crabbe and Oswaldo Navarro to the minor
league camp. The moves leave Seattle with 58 players on its spring
training roster.
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