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Peguero shows off his speed for Mariners

Peguero shows off his speed for Mariners

SEATTLE -- Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero is 6-foot-5, 260 pounds of power. That was on full display when he launched a 451-foot home run off the center-field batter's eye at Safeco Field in his first at-bat after being called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.

But the big man can run pretty well also, as he showed by stealing a base during Saturday's 3-2 win over the Angels.

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Stolen bases have been a rarity for a Mariners squad that is heavy on power hitters, but shy on speed, particularly after injuries to Michael Saunders and Franklin Gutierrez. Of the current active Mariners, only Brendan Ryan (two) and now Peguero have stolen a bag this season. Saunders and Gutierrez had four between them before both went on the disabled list.

"I take pride in running," said Peguero. "It's part of my game. I don't run that fast, but I can use my legs pretty good to get a good jump. If you can steal a base, why not?"

Peguero was 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts for Tacoma before getting called up and has now stolen 36 bags over nine seasons in the Minors. He's been caught stealing 29 times, but is 12-for-14 over the past three years in Tacoma.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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