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Mariners blow past Padres 9-3

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PEORIA, Ariz. - Jason Vargas went two innings, minor leaguer Tommy Everidge hit a grand slam during Seattle's six-run eighth inning and the Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 9-3 on Thursday.

Vargas, a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, allowed one hit, and Ryan Garko also homered for Seattle.

Padres pitcher Chris Young fought through a 33-pitch first inning, giving up one run on three hits, and was encouraged after his first outing since having shoulder surgery Aug. 14. It was his first outing since June 14, when he began to experience shoulder stiffness. He would have arthroscopic shoulder surgery a month later and miss the rest of the season.  

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Seattle closer David Aardsma tweaked his groin during his one-inning outing Thursday against San Diego, but the Mariners do not believe he will miss much time.

Aardsma worked the third inning, issuing a walk to leadoff batter Yorvit Torrealba. He then got Everth Cabrera to hit into a double play. He induced Tony Gwynn Jr. to end the inning with a left-side groundout.

Aardsma started last season as the team's set-up man, but when Brandon Morrow lost his effectiveness, Aardsma assumed the closer's role on May 15. He had 38 saves in 42  opportunities after going 128 big-league appearances without a save.

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