Manager Don Wakamatsu sees this phase of spring training as the chance to see players who might not make the team but could help the Seattle Mariners during the year.
And in a 12-1 loss to Oakland, Wakamatsucame away with a list of five positive things he'd seen:
David Aardsma's pitching.
Franklin Gutierrez's at-bats.
A spectacular defensive play by Yuniesky Betancourt.
A couple of solid at-bats by Bryan LaHair.
Matt Tuiasosopo's overall improved play.
What the manager wouldn't go into details about were a couple of pages worth of notes on things he and his coaches will discuss with certain players on Saturday.
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The Mariners are now 4-2-1 in Cactus League play.