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Wolf has mixed results in latest outing

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Randy Wolf did not fully take advantage of his latest opportunity to solidify a rotation spot. In Sunday's 6-4 Mariners win over the A's, the veteran left-hander couldn't back up the four shutout innings he threw his previous outing.

Wolf, a non-roster invitee, gave up two long home runs and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks -- a quality start -- against the A's.

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"He pitched better. He was a little bit more crisp," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "But he still made some questionable pitches that you just can't have when you're trying to win games. He can pitch better."

Wolf got out of a couple jams, but that wasn't what McClendon was looking for in what likely was Wolf's second-to-last audition.

"I'd rather see him not get into trouble," McClendon said. "He's a veteran guy. I know he knows what he's doing out there. So for him, the idea is not to get into trouble."

The 15-year veteran Wolf is competing with Scott Baker, Blake Beavan and Roenis Elias for two rotation spots. Baker really struggled Saturday, when Elias further cemented himself as a contender. Beavan pitches Monday.

"I'm in a situation now where you almost feel like you have to have the best Spring Training of your life," said Wolf, who has a 5.19 career ERA during Spring Training. "But at the same time, I put things in perspective and take a step back and realize my goal is to pitch this season, and I'm getting ready for that."

Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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