A daily look at the Seattle Mariners in spring training.
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The game: M’s vs. A’s, 12:05 p.m. (PST) in Phoenix.
Radio: KOMO (1000 AM)
Of note: Right-hander Aaron Sele, who has done everything necessary to make the team after signing a minor-league contract in the offseason, will make his final exhibition start. Sele, has a 1.79 ERA in four games, must be told Wednesday whether he will make the team. Right-handers Jeff Nelson and J.J. Putz will pitch for the M’s, as will lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith, the Rule 5 draft pick who the Minnesota Twins returned to the Mariners over the weekend.
It’s the broken-record weather pattern of spring training. It’ll be sunny and 77 the next three days.
On the trainer’s table
Shortstop Pokey Reese missed Monday’s game because of a sore right shoulder.
Second baseman Bret Boone has a jammed right thumb, but he was in the lineup Monday.
Outfielder Chris Snelling, recovering from left knee surgery last month, felt good after taking batting practice, running the bases and catching fly balls.
They said it
“I think I’ve got a couple of knocks in me. I’ve been watching video of Rusch.”
Ryan Franklin, who pitched Monday night’s game against the Cubs at Mesa, where there was no designated hitter and he got to bat against Glendon Rusch, the Cubs’ starter.
They did it
During the minor league game he pitched Friday afternoon, Jamie Moyer sprinted off the mound to back up third base after giving up a hit to right field. When the play was over, he found himself near the fence separating fans from the field, and face-to-face with two young men.
Moyer used the occasion to surprise the two with a brief chat.
“Hi guys,” he said. “Say, what pitch should I throw next?”
The first one was stumped. “I don’t know,” he said.
“How about a changeup?” the other said.
Moyer says thanks, jogged back to the mound and finished the inning.
Kirby Arnold, Herald writer