Shortened spring forces Mariners to adjust



PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — This hasn’t been a typical spring for the Seattle Mariners, who got off to an early start and have worked through a condensed schedule as they prepare to open the regular season in Japan.

They crammed four intrasquad games into five days this week to try to give players as much game action as possible with fewer spring training games on the schedule. On Thursday, they finally got a day off.

The Mariners will be in Japan from March 22 to March 30, the latter part of the spring training game schedule. Their trip will feature a pair of exhibition games against Japanese teams and two regular season games in Tokyo against the Oakland Athletics, including the March 28 season opener.