Worth noting

• Outfielder Casper Wells was not in the lineup for a fourth straight game on Wednesday as he continues recovering from a stiff neck.

• Due to a conflict with the Pac-12 basketball tournament's game between Washington and Washington State, Wednesday's 1:05 p.m. PT game with the Royals was broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle instead of on a tape delay as originally scheduled.

There is also the potential for a change to Thursday's game vs. the Reds to be a live broadcast depending on the outcome of the UW-WSU game. On Friday, 710 ESPN Seattle will carry the Classic exhibition against The Netherlands live at 7:05 p.m. PT.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.