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Spring Training Friday, Bloomquist Eyes Royals

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Spring training Friday
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - The Seattle Mariners begin spring training
tomorrow in Peoria, Arizona.

Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow and have their first
workout Saturday.

Position players report Tuesday and the first full-squad workout
will be Wednesday.

The first spring game - an annual charity match against the San
Diego Padres - is Feb. 25.

This is the Mariners' first training camp under new general
manager Jack Zduriencik, manager Don Wakamatsu and the coaching
Bloomquist eyes job as Royals' second baseman
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Willie Bloomquist, a longtime utilityman
for the Seattle Mariners, has a chance to be the Kansas City
Royals' new starting second baseman.

The 31-year-old Bloomquist, was born in Bremerton, Wash., and
was an all-state player at South Kitsap High School in Port

He spent the past six years with Seattle, playing every position
but pitcher and catcher.

Although Kansas City does not officially open spring training in
Arizona until Friday, Bloomquist was among the early arrivals at a
weeklong volunteer mini-camp before that.

Bloomquist hit .279 with a .377 on-base percentage and 14 stolen
bases in 17 opportunities last season with the Mariners, but his
season ended on Aug. 9 with a right hamstring injury, which has
healed. Bloomquist has a career .263 batting average, but never had
a position to call his own in Seattle.
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