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Rowland-Smith stays with Mariners; Reports: Ken Griffey Jr. will pick Seattle or Atlanta

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Rowland-Smith stays with Mariners
      
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Ryan Rowland-Smith chose his livelihood
over his country.

As expected, the Seattle Mariners' promising left-hander decided
yesterday to stay in spring training rather than play for his
native Australia in the World Baseball Classic.

He says Australia's manager, Jon Deeble, was disappointed but
understood that Rowland-Smith didn't want to risk a major league
job by missing at least 10 days of camp. He told Deeble he
definitely wants to play for Australia in the next World Baseball
Classic four years from now.

Rowland-Smith is one of seven candidates for five spots in
Seattle's rotation.

Rowland-Smith was 3-2 with a 3.50 ERA in 12 starts last season.
From Aug. 21 through season's end, his 2.56 ERA was the lowest
among starters in the American League.
      
Reports: Ken Griffey Jr. will pick Seattle or Atlanta

      
SEATTLE (AP) - News reports say multiple sources are indicating
that free-agent slugger Ken Griffey Jr. will decide between the
Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves either by today or early
tomorrow at the latest.

The Braves can offer the 39-year-old the possibility of seeing
his daughter play basketball in Atlanta while his son will be
starting high-school football just an hour's flight away in
Orlando, Fla., where Griffey has a home.

What Seattle can offer - besides the nostalgia of returning to
his first pro team - is likely the opportunity of more playing time
as a designated hitter.

Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln said yesterday that the team just
has to be patient.
      
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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