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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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April 10, 2008 6:07 AM

Batista goes for sweep

Posted by Geoff Baker

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A few hours away from Miguel Batista trying to notch Seatle's first sweep of the season. To answer some questions from the last post: to Mike, nobody asked John McLaren why he put Ryan Rowland-Smith in for the blowout game because the answer was fairly clear. The M's have stated they will try to avoid warming guys up and then not using them this season. When Rowland-Smith began warming up, it was still a three-run game and a save situation. When Jamie Burke's homer blew the game open, McLaren still used Rowland-Smith since he was warmed up in any event.

For TomD, I take all of the photos for the blog. Many of them from the pressbox during the game, others from the field pregame.

Back to Batista, he was busy yesterday giving a ballpark tour to leukemia sufferer Pat Pedraja, organizer of the Driving for Donors campaign to sign up more bone marrow donors across the U.S. You can see Pedraja, his mother, Claudine Andrews and Batista posing for the photo above. Down below, Batisa gives Pedraja some batting tips in the indoor cage here. The two met at a talk show in Los Angeles.

The M's need Batista on his game here today. This has been a tough road trip, but it can end a whole lot better than it began. By the way, if you want to hear the clip from my new weekly Talkin' Baseball segment on KJR 950 AM yesterday morning, here is the link.

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