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Worth noting

• Right-handed starter Hisashi Iwakuma will throw a tennis ball on Friday, his first time throwing any sort of ball since he sprained the tendon in his right middle finger just prior to camp six weeks ago. Iwakuma had the splint removed from his finger on Tuesday and has been doing stretching exercises to regain the motion and strength in the finger, while also continuing his "towel drills" on the mound to keep his arm in the best shape possible.

• Thursday's game against the Cubs will be replayed on MLB Network at 10 p.m. PT on Friday. MLB Network will also be showing two more of the Mariners' remaining spring games. Monday's 1:05 p.m. game against the White Sox will replayed at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, while Tuesday night's 6:05 p.m. start against the Royals will be shown starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

All those games are available live on MLB.TV to subscribers. The Tuesday night game against the Royals will be Hernandez's final tuneup before Opening Day.

• Veteran left-handed reliever Joe Beimel, pitching for the first time in 12 days, threw a 1-2-3 seventh against the Cubs. Beimel is one of several pitching candidates coming back from Tommy John surgery and had been experiencing some soreness in his elbow, but McClendon said he's feeling better after getting some anti-inflammatory medication.

"The ball came out very good, it was very good to see," McClendon said. "He looked healthy. He had a finish to his fastball with good sink, threw some good changeups and even mixed in a curveball."

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog.
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