Mariners Spring Training Game Rained Out

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Shortstop Jack Wilson and center fielderFranklin Gutierrez are expected to be back in the lineup when theSeattle Mariners play a pair of spring games Monday.

Wilson left Seattle's 9-3 loss to San Diego on Friday when hefelt tightness in his right hamstring. Gutierrez has been hamperedby a sore right shoulder and will make his first spring start whenthe Mariners play Milwaukee and the Chicago White Sox insplit-squad games Monday.

Closer David Aardsma, who strained his groin Thursday againstSan Diego, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday.

Seattle's game against San Diego on Sunday was canceled due torain. It was the first spring game in Peoria to be rained out sinceMarch 11, 2006.

"We're in good shape, actually," Mariners manager DonWakamatsu said. "It doesn't affect us a whole lot. With that splitsquad, we're just pushing guys back."

Ryan Rowland-Smith's first spring start was moved back toMonday. Doug Fister will start the other game.

"We got a lot of work done in the cages," Wakamatsu said."This will give us an opportunity to review a bunch of signs.We'll have a lot of breakout meetings, so it's not too bad."

San Diego also pushed back Kevin Correia, who is expected tothrow two innings against Colorado on Monday. Clayton Richard willthrow one inning against the Rockies and is expected to pitch againon Friday.

"It doesn't crush us," Padres manager Bud Black said of therainout. "It doesn't affect the pitching, except for Clayton, andin the fourth game of spring training it doesn't really affect theat-bats."

Padres outfielder Scott Hairston, who was hit on the hand by apitch, is day to day with a bruised left hand. He said he's alreadyseeing improvement. Hairston said he had full strength in his handthough he planned to take the day off.

"The look of it made me nervous," Hairston said. "Right nowit's very early in spring training. It's not necessary to pushthings right now. I just want to make sure it's right."

Black had a brief conversation with Hairston in the morning andbelieves he will return soon.

"He told me was fine and I left it at that," Black said."Thats all I needed to know. Hell be fine."

Also, Padres right-hander Jon Garland said he felt good enoughto avoid treatment a day after he was struck on the inside of theleft knee by a line drive Saturday.

"It's not going to affect anything," Garland said. "Ive beenhit worse."

NOTES: Under the direction of veterans Ken Griffey Jr. and MikeSweeney, the Mariners held an "American Idol" competition beforemorning workouts. There were 10 groups of three players, all withfewer than two years of big league experience. The 'Hawaiian Punch'trio of Matt Tuiasosopo, Steven Baron and Kanekoa Texeira won thecompetition. Griffey was a Randy Jackson-like judge, Eric Byrnesassumed the role of Ellen DeGeneres and Rowland-Smith was thedesignated Simon Cowell. Ichiro Suzuki was the celebrity guestjudge. "There was lots of energy on the panel. That was the mostimpressive thing," Wakamatsu said. "Ichiro held up his own signs,'brutal,' 'fantastic.' He was speaking in Japanese and Griffey washis translator. Things broken down in the translation."

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