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Hisashi Iwakuma again just played flat-ground catch instead of throwing off the bullpen mound Wednesday for his between-game session due to a sore neck, but manager Lloyd McClendon said the right-hander remains on line to start Friday in Kansas City.

"He's progressing," McClendon said. "It's better every day. Not 100 percent, but he's better."

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Hisashi Iwakuma again just played flat-ground catch instead of throwing off the bullpen mound Wednesday for his between-game session due to a sore neck, but manager Lloyd McClendon said the right-hander remains on line to start Friday in Kansas City.

"He's progressing," McClendon said. "It's better every day. Not 100 percent, but he's better."

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Kyle Seager had eight RBIs in the final three games of the recent Safeco Field homestand. The Mariners are 19-6 in games when Seager has had an RBI this season.

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

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