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• Manager Lloyd McClendon said he knows it's tough for Corey Hart to sit out a few spring games after missing all of last season following surgery on both knees, but with the veteran experiencing some forearm soreness and back stiffness, the skipper is going to err on the side of caution. "We've got to be careful with his progress, and that's why I want to take it slowly," McClendon said. "He's been off for over a year. These things are to be expected."

Charlie Furbush, who had been battling biceps soreness, made his first appearance since March 3 on Wednesday, allowing two runs (one earned) in two-thirds of an inning vs. the Cubs. He threw 21 pitches, which McClendon said was one over the number the club wanted him to throw.

• With Wednesday's night game, the Mariners played their seventh game in five days, a stretch that McClendon said has shown him something about his club. "I'm proud of the way my guys have gone through this stretch," McClendon said. "This has been a tough stretch for us. ... The guys never complained, they went about their business, they understood and I'm very appreciative of that."

Dustin Ackley went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and now has recorded a hit in nine of his 10 spring games.

John Schlegel is a national reporter for You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.