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Mariners lead-off man Chone Figgins tripled twice to centerfield in the 7-2 win over Colorado Wednesday in the spring training finale. What a pleasure it was seeing him smoothly cut the bases in successive at-bats. Now that is a good piece of Mariners news. Figgy started the last day of spring games hitting .194. His 2-for-5 day put his final spring number at .225. What happens in spring training doesn’t always foretell what’s going to happen (good or bad) when the real stuff begins again. But if you’re a Mariners fan, it’s a gleam of hope for the 2012 offense.

Eric Wedge likes his options. Keeping Figgins in LF opens the door for Kyle Seager at 3B. That’s good. Seager was one of several other players who did a good job swinging the bat vs the Rockies. He went 1-for-3 taking him to .360. Back-up catcher John Jaso banged out two hits…Casper Wells went one-for-four, hitting the ball hard for the second day….Michael Saunders rang up a couple of hits.  Starter Hector Noesi was very good, going seven-innings of seven-hit, 0ne-run ball, no walks and three K’s.

The Mariners opened the season in Japan last week, going 1-1 vs. the A’s. Thursday’s an day off for practice, then it’s back to the ‘jewel’ of the American League, the Oakland Coliseum.

The club should be back to full strength having survived the roundtrip to Japan, and the resulting body aches, viruses and general fatigue.

Figgins sure can cure a lot of ills with a great start back in his comfort spot, batting lead-off.

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