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Spring power show continues for Mariners


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Mariners clubbed two more home runs in a 4-3 victory over the Giants on Thursday and now lead all 30 Major League clubs in long balls this spring with 14 in seven games.

Young second baseman Nick Franklin hit his first home run with a solo shot off Matt Cain in the second inning, and center fielder Franklin Gutierrez added his second home run of the spring, an opposite-field shot in the fifth.

The Mariners have had 11 different players go deep, with Gutierrez, Justin Smoak and Carlos Peguero leading with two each. Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales, two players acquired by trade this offseason to add power to the lineup, have yet to join the long-ball club.

While it's early and it's Arizona, where balls carry easily, manager Eric Wedge is happy to see the production.

"We're going to be a much better hitting ballclub with the experience the young kids have gained, getting Gutierrez back and bringing in these veteran guys," said Wedge. "It's just a nice combination of some guys with experience and some guys that are working to be the big league players they're going to be.

"We've got good players that are strong and good athletes and good baseball players. Add all that up and you've got a chance to be a pretty good offensive club."

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