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Mariners Still Searching For Closer, Get Beat By Royals

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Royals 9, Mariners 2
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Jeff Clement, Franklin Gutierrez and Mike
Sweeney each had two hits, but the Seattle Mariners lost 9-2 to
Kansas City yesterday at Surprise, Ariz.

The Mariners have been outscored 17-3 in losing two straight
Cactus League games to drop their spring record to 6-4-1.

Starter Chris Jakubauskas pitched three scoreless innings, but
the Mariners' second pitcher, Justin Thomas, gave up six runs on
six hits, two of them home runs, in the fourth inning.

The Mariners face the Texas Rangers in a Cactus League game at
1:05 this afternoon at Peoria, Ariz. They'll start left-hander
Jarrod Washburn against right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
Mariners still searching for a closer
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Three weeks into spring training, Seattle
Mariners rookie manager Don Wakamatsu still doesn't have a clue
about who his closer is going to be.

None of the candidates for the job have separated themselves
from the rest of the pack, and there's increasing speculation that
the Mariners may have to use a committee of closers.

In December, the Mariners traded J.J. Putz to the New York Mets.
He was the team's closer the past three seasons.

Miguel Batista and Mark Lowe have both had some bad innings this
spring. Tyler Walker didn't allow a run in his first four Cactus
League appearances after being slowed by a quadriceps muscle
injury, but doesn't yet have the velocity the Mariners want. Roy
Corcoran has pitched well but lacks experience at the big league
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