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Worth noting

• Manager Bob Melvin said on Sunday that he is leaning toward pitching closer Grant Balfour in a Minor League game on Monday rather than at Phoenix Municipal Stadium against the Mariners. Either way, it will mark the first game action of the spring for Balfour, who underwent minor surgery on his knee on Feb. 14.

• Two non-roster relievers remain in camp, and both pitched on Sunday against the Cubs. Right-hander Mike Ekstrom pitched two shutout innings, lowering his spring ERA to 1.69. He's allowed just two runs in 10 2/3 innings. Lefty Hideki Okajima didn't fare as well, giving up two runs -- both on Brent Lillibridge's home run -- and two hits in 1 1/3 innings. He has five runs to his name in a combined seven-plus innings spanning seven appearances.

Jane Lee is a reporter for Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.
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