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MONDAY

Chris Jakubauskas out-pitched Randy Johnson and Tim Linecum, Wladimir Balentien had a home run and three RBI and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Francisco Giants, 5-1.

TUESDAY

Another day-night double-header for the Mariners, who host the Rangers at 1:05 p.m., then play the Dodgers in Glendale at 7:05 p.m. The night game will be televised on FSN. Probable starting pitchers: Game 1, Brandon McCarthy vs. Jarrod Washburn; Game 2: Ryan Rowland-Smith vs. Eric Stults.

NOTABLE

Facing former Mariner Randy Johnson, who went three innings for San Francisco, the Mariners scored twice against him – on a Wladimir Balentien home run and on doubles by Rob Johnson and Yuniesky Betancourt. …Balentien added a sacrifice fly and, in the ninth inning, singled home a third run. …

Chris Jakubauskas went another five innings against San Francisco and allowed only one run. "He's done everything we could have asked of him," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "He's very much in the running for a bullpen job." Jakabauskas has a 2.16 earned run average and, in 16 2/3 innings this spring, has allowed only 12 hits and four runs. He threw 71 pitches against the Giants. "I want to make their final decisions tough," Jakubauskas said. Replied Wakamatsu: "He's done that." …

They're back! Venezeulan Team players Felix Hernandez, Carlos Silva, Jose Lopez and Endy Chavez were back in camp – and Lopez and Chavez were back in the Seattle lineup. Now only two players, Ichiro Suzuki and Kenji Johjima, remain missing in action at the World Baseball Classic. …Lopez doubled twice and Chavez went 0-for-3 but had an RBI. …

After giving up his first runs of the spring in his last appearance, reliever David Aardsma threw two scoreless innings and lowered his spring ERA to 2.70. …

Tyler Walker, Garret Olson and Felix Hernandez threw bullpens and came out fine. That means Hernandez, who threw 51 pitches on Monday, will return to the Mariners rotation on Thursday against Kansas City. Silva will start Saturday against the Angels. …

At 7:15 a.m., Jay Buhner walked through a mostly empty clubhouse to introduce himself to manager Don Wakamatsu and the Mariners coaches. After that, it was down to the minor league clubhouse and into uniform again – Buhner, like Dan Wilson before him this spring, will work with Mariners kids for a few days. …

The Mariners would like Erik Bedard to have thrown 80 pitches in a game before the season starts, and he's at 47 now with at least two starts and probably three remaining. Can he do it? "You only build up your pitch count in games, you don't do it in the bullpen," Bedard said. "Your bullpen sessions are always the same. In a game, I can tell you when I've thrown enough pitches. Could I have thrown more than 47 (Sunday)? Not and stayed healthy. Next time out, I'll probably throw 10-15 more pitches, but it'll depend on how I feel that day. You can't force it, you just have to feel it." …

Yuni watch: After his two-out double pushed home a run, Betancourt was thrown out trying to steal third base with Lopez at the plate. Oops. … Denny Stark was brought up from the minor league complex and pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

QUOTABLE

From Ken Griffey Jr, to former teammate and often injured Jay Buhner: "We measure outfielders in dog years. That makes you about 320 years old."

MEDICAL UPDATE

First baseman Russell Branyan bruised his right shin and calf by fouling a ball off his leg in Sunday's game, so he was scratched from the lineup Monday. He went through the full team workout and took batting practice, but stayed back when the Mariners bus left for Scottsdale and the Giants game.

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