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Coach Alonzo Powell returns to the big leagues

The Tacoma Rainiers lost their hitting coach when the San Diego Padres hired Alonzo Powell, asking him to return to the majors as an assistant batting coach.

Powell played with the Mariners in 1991, worked in their minor league system since 2007 and served as the Seattle hitting coach in 2010.

In San Diego, he'll be reunited with Phil Plantier - another graduate of the Mariners minor league coaching system. Powell will not sit on the bench during games with San Diego because of MLB's five-coahes in uniform rule. Instead, he'll work with hitters during games in the batting cage and video room.

Powell played in Japan, where he won three consecutive batting titles.