Back up options for Mariners in center field

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us M’s center fielder Franklin Gutierrez will not require surgery for his injury but it looks as though he will be out of commission for at least a month. This is the second straight year he will start the campaign on the shelf. There are numerous backup options for 2012 in the middle. Trayvon Robinson, Casper Wells, Canadian Michael Saunders, and Chone Figgins?

Northwest Athlete Profile: Larry Bernandez

Larry Bernandez Seattle Mariners

Another Northwest Athlete in the spotlight today; Seattle Mariners “potential Ace pitcher” Larry Bernandez. Clinton Bell, one of our Seattle area bloggers points out how Bernandez has become a sex symbol of sorts around the confines of the Emerald City. While garnering the hype of former Mariner Ken Griffey Jr., LB could be “fighting for a spot” on the roster with newcomer Jason Vargas and Hisashi Iwukuma. Good luck Felix Hernandez.

Breaking News: Mariners vs A’s To start 2012 MLB season in Japan

Ichiro Suzuki as a member of Japan's Orix Blue Wave

Brandon Choate covers breaking Major League Baseball news that the 2012 season will open in Japan with the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics facing off. Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki came from Japan in 2001 to play for the Seattle Mariners. Some say Ichiro paved the way for Japanese players to enter the big leagues as players like Hideki Mastui, Kenji Jojhima, So Taguchi and Kazuo Matsui have all done well in the majors…

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