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Worth noting

• Outfielder Xavier Avery, who was designated for assignment last week, cleared waivers on Wednesday and has been assigned to Triple-A Tacoma. Left-handed reliever Bobby LaFromboise was claimed by the Padres and was assigned to their Triple-A club. Shortstop Carlos Triunfel, the other player DFA'd to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, was claimed by the Dodgers and also assigned to Triple-A.

• Top prospect Taijuan Walker has reported to Class A High Desert on a Minor League rehab assignment as he works his way back from a sore shoulder this spring. The right-hander will start Friday against Inland Empire.

Right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor, who underwent surgery to repair his latissimus dorsi muscle last August, has reported to Double-A Jackson for a rehab assignment.

All-Star right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma hasn't begun a rehab assignment yet. He remains with the Mariners and is working out and playing flat-ground catch every day. Iwakuma is expected to begin throwing off a mound in about a week after missing all spring with a sprained tendon in his right middle finger.

• Shortstop Brad Miller recorded his fourth multi-homer game Tuesday in just his 78th career game. Since 1916, only two other players have had that many multi-homer games in their first 80 games: Bob Horner of the Braves in 1978 and Jason Bay of the Pirates in 2003-04. Mark McGwire holds the record through the first 162 games of a career with seven.

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