League gets first work since demotion

League gets first work since demotion

ARLINGTON -- Erstwhile Mariners closer Brandon League got his first non-closer relief situation Monday, pitching a scoreless eighth inning in Seattle's 4-2 loss to the Rangers.

Manager Eric Wedge said he'll continue using League in similar outings for the time being, even giving him longer stints when possible, as he works on some mechanical issues that led to his removal from the closer's role after his fourth blown save of the season on Friday.

"I thought it was good to get him out there. I thought he did OK," Wedge said before Tuesday's game. "There are a couple things he's working on, and to have the opportunity to go out there in non-save situations is going to help him. At some point in time we'll let him stay out there a couple innings, and I think that will be healthy for him, too. We'll let him pitch a little bit."

League yielded a sharp leadoff single to Adrian Beltre on Monday. He then got David Murphy to fly out to center, enticed Nelson Cruz into a fielder's choice grounder to short and got out of the inning when Jesus Montero threw out Cruz trying to steal second.

Wedge acknowledged that hitters seem to be jumping on League's initial offerings and he appears to be relying too heavily on his fastball.

"I think teams have been aggressive early on him, and that's something we recognize," Wedge said. "When you look at Brandon's stuff, he's most definitely not a one-pitch pitcher. He's got other weapons. He just needs to continue to utilize all his pitches, like most people do."