• Outfielder Corey Patterson signed a Minor League contract with the Mariners on Tuesday and has been sent to Arizona for extended spring workouts. The 12-year Major League veteran spent last season playing Triple-A ball for the Brewers and hit .251 with 10 homers and 18 stolen bases for Nashville. Patterson, 33, was in camp with the Mariners in 2010.
"He's a guy with some experience and we've seen a lot of over the years," said manager Eric Wedge. "He's looking for another opportunity to play, so we'll take a look at him."
• The Mariners have had the fewest off-days in the Majors this year, getting just one in the first month. But after finishing the Orioles series on Wednesday, they'll get four days off through May 13.
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