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Look who’s in center field in ‘B’ game today

Today’s lineups are out and lots of names with a “B” game going against the Dodgers this morning at 9 a.m. PT in Glendale as well as the Cactus League contest against the Giants at 12:05 p.m. at Peoria Stadium.

Here’s an interesting ‘B” squad that includes Milton Bradley in center field.

B game

Dustin Ackley 2B
Adam Kennedy LF
Milton Bradley CF
Mike Carp DH
Matt Tuiasosopo 1B
Mike Wilson RF
Alex Liddi 3B
Luis Rodriguez SS
Alex Baron C
Luke French P

A game

Josh Wilson SS
Brendan Ryan 2B
Justin Smoak 1B
Jack Cust LF
Ryan Langerhans CF
Michael Saunders DH
Gabe Gross RF
Matt Mangini 3B
Adam Moore C
Jason Vargas P

The day in pictures at Mariners camp …

Caught lots of stuff I liked today with my camera at Mariners Spring Training in Peoria. Most of the team went to Peoria Stadium to sign autographs, which makes for some great candid shots.

Love this one of veteran reliever Denny Bautista with a little hat-head, working the crowd.

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The most popular autographs, as you’d expect, were Ichiro and Felix. Here’s the Cy Young winner dealing with the masses before he headed off to throw his first live batting practice of the spring on a back field with a handful of coaches and two reporters watching.

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Milton Bradley, bless his soul, was literally the last of the Mariners still working the autograph line. He and Erik Bedard — two guys you’d probably never suspect — had to be pulled away by a team official and told it was time to start the workout.

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And here’s a young fan eagerly awaiting his Moose autograph, though I have no idea how the furry fellow signs his name.

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Milton Bradley says he welcomes Wedge’s approach

BradleyPB.JPGMilton Bradley awaits his turn for batting practice on Friday. (Photo by Greg Johns)

Milton Bradley has some history with manager Eric Wedge from their Cleveland days, but the Mariners outfielder said Friday he thinks Wedge’s toughness will be welcome in Seattle.

Bradley spoke with the media for the first time after taking batting practice and doing some outfield work on the day before full-squad workouts begin in Peoria, Ariz.

The media session was brief, given Bradley said he would only talk about baseball topics and didn’t want to address questions concerning his knee or any of his off-field issues.

But he did respond positively when asked about Wedge, the manager he had a run-in with in the 2005 preseason that led to his being traded by the Indians.

“I talked to him in the offseason and I talked to him again (here),” Bradley said. “I’m glad he’s here. We needed that discipline, somebody to put that foot in your behind when you need it. We just got a little lax with the way things were going before. Now he’s going to get it back on track the way it needs to be.”

As for returning to the field after missing the last few months of 2010 with his knee problem, Bradley said: “It just feels good to be around the guys. Baseball is the easy part, I guess. Just being with the guys, having fun and enjoying it.”

As for whether this season, the final year of his contract, brought extra motivation, Bradley said no.

“I don’t place all that stuff like you guys do,” he said. “Whatever makes your stories. But I always play like it’s my last game anyway. Every pitch, every moment means the world to me. I’m not going to take any different approach now.”

Wedge sees Bradley playing in left field and occasionally at designated hitter. He declined to say who was the favorite in the left-field competition, naming Michael Saunders, Bradley, Jody Gerut and Gabe Gross as well as the “young kids.”

But then he added this interesting comment: “It is safe to say if he (Bradley) is healthy, he can have the greatest impact for us out there.”

Also this morning, Erik Bedard was held out of his bullpen session, but Wedge said that was a “proactive” move suggested by pitching coach Carl Willis. Every pitcher will have a day off at some point and the decision was made to give Bedard his early in order to keep him fresh as he returns from his history of shoulder problems.

I’ll have more on the Mariners.com website later.

And so, the sun rises in Peoria …

Awoke to a strange sensation this morning … the sun streaming through the window at the Peoria condo that I’ll call home for the next seven weeks.

SunArizonaAM.jpgI left the gray Seattle winter weather behind on Friday and, yes, am more than ready to set up shop and enjoy the 80 degree temperatures expected this weekend in Arizona.

Mariners pitchers and catchers report tomorrow and then hit the field for the first time under Eric Wedge’s watch on Monday morning. I’ll keep you up to date on everything that’s happening throughout Spring Training on Mariners.com, this Mariners Musings blog and at my Twitter account (@GregJohnsMLB).

Reporting day means players taking physicals, so that will be the chance for the Mariners to see how David Aardsma is progressing from his hip surgery and how the rest of the crew is looking heading into camp.

In other news while I was traveling yesterday, Milton Bradley’s attorney released a statement saying the Mariners outfielder won’t face criminal charges on the verbal assault case he was arrested for last month. You can read that full story by clicking here.

Bradley and his wife still need to attend a hearing at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and charges could still be filed in the future if more problems arise, but for now that incident appears largely put to rest.

What condition Bradley arrives in and how he works with Wedge will be among the many storylines to watch at the upcoming camp.

One other item that popped up Friday that’s certainly worth mentioning. Ben Badler of Baseball America was the first to report the Mariners signed 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Gaby Guerrero to a $400,000 contract.

The significance there? Guerrero is the nephew of Vladimir Guerrero. And while there are obviously no guarantees young Gaby ever reaches the Major Leagues, let alone follows his uncle’s large footsteps, he apparently has good size and skills on display already.

Thanks to a heads up from MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo and his excellent blog covering the Minor Leagues, the draft and anything to do with prospects, here’s a quick scouting reporting from Dominican Prospect League:

“Gaby is 6-foot-2, 180 pounds with an XL frame much like his uncle Vladimir Guerrero. The resemblance is noticeable from a distance and his tools have certain similarities. He has arm strength, ability to put the ball in play and power potential. Gaby’s swing can be long and loopy at times but he creates leverage and power through the zone with loop.”

The DPL website even provided a quick video clip of young Guerrero, which doesn’t show a lot, but does offer a glimpse of his size and swing.

Zduriencik says Milton Bradley will get a chance

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik was on KJR-AM 950 this morning and told Dave “Softy” Mahler that Milton Bradley will be given a chance to win a roster spot this Spring Training despite his latest off-field incident.

BradleyMiltonMug.jpgBradley was arrested last week for allegedly threatening a woman in his Los Angeles-area home and faces a Feb. 8 court date.

“Milton is going to get a chance to come in and compete for a job,” Zduriencik told Mahler. “When we acquired him, we felt he had a chance to be a middle-of-the order hitter. Obviously some things fell apart for him last year and he had one thing happen this winter. We’re hoping he comes in and competes for a job.”

Zduriencik said Bradley’s $12 million salary will not determine whether he is kept on the roster or not.

“What we hope is he bounces back to be the player he was in the past and that will dictate whether he’s on the club,” he said. “I’d like to see Milton have a bounce-back year.”

Bradley hit just .205 last year before going on the Disabled List at the end of July with a knee problem. But he wasn’t alone in his struggles.

Zduriencik called last year’s squad “the most-underachieving group I’ve ever been around” in terms of how they performed and indicated again that much of the key to this coming season will be getting veterans like Chone Figgins, Franklin Gutierrez and Jack Wilson to return to their normal production.

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