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Noesi continues bid for spot in rotation

Noesi continues bid for spot in rotation

Noesi continues bid for spot in rotation
PHOENIX -- New Mariners right-hander Hector Noesi threw three innings of one-run ball in Seattle's 7-4 win over the Brewers on Tuesday, continuing his bid for a spot in the rotation.

Acquired from the Yankees in the Jesus Montero-Michael Pineda trade, Noesi figures prominently in the Mariners' plans as they fill out their pitching staff behind ace Felix Hernandez and No. 2 starter Jason Vargas.

Noesi, 25, said he isn't worrying about any of that right now, after holding the Brewers to three hits and just the single run on a second-inning home run by Travis Ishikawa.

"I don't think about that," Noesi said. "I don't compete with anybody, I just do what I love ... play baseball."

The Mariners have liked what they've seen so far from Noesi, who has an easy delivery and some pop to his fastball.

"Good again," manager Eric Wedge said. "He's moving his fastball around, using all of his pitches, he's really composed out there and keeps the ball down for the most part. He's still learning, but you have to like the way he's pitching and the way he carries himself."

Noesi threw two shutout innings in his Cactus League debut 10 days ago against the A's, then gave up one run in three innings in a "B" game Thursday against the Rockies.

The plan Tuesday was to give him four innings of work, but he threw too many pitches in a three-hit second inning and was replaced after 57 pitches in three frames. Wedge said he'll throw about 80 in his next outing.

Noesi said he's growing more comfortable after a month with the Mariners. It's been an adjustment, coming to a new organization after seven seasons in the Yankees' system. But he said Seattle is a good fit and one he actually foreshadowed while in his native Dominican Republic.

"When I was in the Dominican, they called and told me I'd been traded to Seattle," he said. "Before that, my best friend asked me if I want to play for another team besides the Yankees and I said, 'Yes, I want to go to Seattle because I love the city.' And then they traded me to Seattle."

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