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Hernandez Not Sharp In Debut, Griffey To Wait Another Week

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Hernandez not sharp in debut
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez had a
short, shaky outing yesterday as the M's tied San Diego 4-4 in a
10-inning exhibition game in Peoria, Ariz.

Hernandez had to dodge a flying piece of wood from a broken bat
in the first inning. Then he allowed four hits, including a two-run
homer by Henry Blanco, in the second.

The 23-year-old Hernandez said he wasn't ruffled by the outing,
which is his only real tuneup before he starts the opener of the
World Baseball Classic for his native Venezuela against Italy on
March 7 in Toronto.

Hernandez leaves Sunday with Seattle teammate Carlos Silva for
Venezuela's training in Orlando, Fla.

The Mariners' next Cactus League game is today against the Los
Angeles Dodgers.
Griffey to wait another week for debut
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Ken Griffey Jr.'s first spring training
game in his return to the Seattle Mariners won't come until
Wednesday against Australia's national team.

Manager Don Wakamatsu said yesterday that the 39-year-old looks
great, four months after arthroscopic left knee surgery. But the
rookie manager wants to ease the active home runs leader back into

Griffey is taking batting practice and participating in daily
outfield drills. The Mariners plan to use him initially as a
designated hitter and probably not in consecutive games.

He hopes to be ready to play left field by the April 6 opener at
Ichiro bats third
OSAKA, Wash. (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki has been batting third for
Japan in tune-up games for the World Baseball Classic. He beat out
two infield grounders for base hits in Japan's win today against
Australia in Osaka.

Japan will begin its title defense on March 5 in Tokyo.
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