As the Seattle Mariners tighten up their roster - and try to pick up their game - in the final week of camp, the guys on the bubble known they're being watched more carefully.
It happens every spring. Players who start red-hot suddenly cool down as they face better pitching and, perhaps more importantly, realize how close they are to making the team.
Matt Tuiasosopo is the 2010 case in point. A week ago, he'd played his way into consideration for the role of utility player/reserve shortstop, as much with his bat as his versatility.
Over his last seven games, Tuiasosopo is 2-for-18. Granted, one of those hits was a home run, but still - not the way the Mariners want to see a hitter close out the spring.
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That doesn't change the Mariners minds about Tuiasosopo. The assumption is, if he doesn't make the opening day roster he will join it at some point during the season. What it does, however, is show what happens when a young player presses.
And Tuiasosopo admits, he's pressing.