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A home opener with a fresher bullpen

As we talked about yesterday, the Seattle Mariners bullpen had been a problem, with three relievers - Hisashi Iwakuma, Steve Delabar and George Sherrill - either struggling or not pitching at all.

The Mariners made an adjustment today, putting Sherrill on the disabled list and bringing lefty Charlie Furbush up from Tacoma.

"Charlie pitched very well in spring (1-0, 0.87 ERA) and we knew he was likely going to be the next guy up," manager Eric Wedge said. "George has really been struggling, so we made the move."

In two games, Sherrill - a lefty-on-lefty specialist - had appeared in two games and allowed two home runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings. Furbush, who turned 26 two days ago, had appeared in two games with the Rainiers, allowed one hit, no runs and struck out six.

"We don't view Furbush as a lefty-on-lefty specialist," Wedge said. "We think we can get some depth from him, some innings, and we want him ready early and all the way through the game."

The move gives the Mariners fie relievers they'll count on in close games: Brandon League, Tom Wilhelmsen, Erasmo Ramirez and lefties Furbush and Lucas Luetge.