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Worth noting

• Hisashi Iwakuma pitched in a Minor League game against the Reds' Triple-A squad, throwing the equivalent of 7 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits while striking out five batters. He pitched in seven frames but four outs were used in a couple of those innings so he could get his work, and he wound up throwing 91 pitches, 65 for strikes.

• Justin Smoak raised his spring average to .408 with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, including a pair of doubles that give him a team-leading seven in Cactus League play. Raul Ibanez also had three hits, including his fourth homer of the spring.

• Starter Jon Garland was officially released by the club Saturday, the day after he exercised an opt-out clause in his contract so he might get another job in the Majors if the Mariners decided not to start him in the rotation, which they told him Friday was the case. Garland, who underwent shoulder surgery and hadn't pitched since June 2011, went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA for the Mariners.

The club also announced that first baseman Mike Jacobs asked for and was granted his release. The moves leave the Mariners with 32 players still in camp, including five non-roster invitees.

John Schlegel is a national reporter for
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