Jamey Wright took a step closer to more late-inning responsibility on a day he kept his scoreless streak for 2011 intact. The right-hander did not...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jamey Wright took a step closer to more late-inning responsibility on a day he kept his scoreless streak for 2011 intact.
The right-hander did not allow a run in spring training and has yet to be scored on in six regular-season outings after tossing a pair of scoreless frames Sunday. With the Mariners leading 3-1, Wright was called in to work the seventh and then told to stay out for the eighth — normally the domain of Chris Ray.
“He stepped up with the opportunity,” manager Eric Wedge said. “You’re trying to make sure guys have a pretty good idea of what their role is. But obviously, you have to be flexible with it depending on the game, the situation. Not just the situation with regard to the game itself, but where we are as a ballclub.”
In other words, Ray has struggled to protect leads — blowing two in the eighth this season — and a reeling Mariners team could not afford to have it happen again when they were trying to halt a four-game skid and the worst 15-game start in team history.
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Wright had no idea he would work the eighth as well until the team told him to stay out there. He was involved in a controversial play that inning, taking a relay toss at first base to get an out on Chris Getz.
Replays showed Getz appeared to be safe. Wright said he wasn’t even sure he had touched the bag with his foot — replays showed he did — and was more concerned about keeping speedy lead runner Jarrod Dyson from trying to round third and score.
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• Wedge said CF Franklin Gutierrez has flown back to Seattle to meet with team medical personnel ahead of a decision on what to do next about his ongoing stomach woes. Gutierrez has been shelved from his scheduled Class A rehab assignment.
For the record
W-L W PCT
vs. AL West: 2-4
vs. L.A.: 0-0
vs. Oakland: 2-1
vs. Texas: 0-3
vs. AL East: 2-1
vs. AL Cent: 1-6
vs. NL: 0-0
vs. LHP: 3-4
vs. RHP: 2-7
Extra inngs.: 0-0
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