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Shelton One Of 17 Invitees To Mariners' Spring Training

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SEATTLE (AP) - First baseman-DH Chris Shelton heads the list of
17 non-roster players who have been invited to the Seattle
Mariners' spring training camp, which begins Feb. 14 in Peoria,
Ariz.

Although Shelton is not on the Mariners' 40-man roster, he will
come to Arizona with an excellent chance to make the team's roster
based on his power numbers; 18 homers in 2005 and 16 in 2006, all
hit while he was a member of the Detroit Tigers.

Shelton signed as a minor league free agent with the Mariners
this winter. His career numbers include a .274 batting average, 37
homers in 904 at-bats, a .346 on-base percentage and 241
strikeouts.

The Mariners are inviting eight pitchers, three catchers, four
infielders and two outfielders to join the regulars for spring
training. Invited pitchers include Erik Hull, Chris Jakubauskas,
Shawn Kelly, Luis Munoz, Chris Seddon, Denny Stark, Tracy Thorpe
and Sean White.

Catchers Jamie Burke, Adam Moor and Luis Oliveros have been
invited, as have three infielders in addition to Sheldon; Callix
Crabbe, Oswaldo Navarro and Chris Woodward. Outfielders Freddy
Guzman and Prentice Redman also have received invitations.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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