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Clement doubles in spring opener

February 29, 2008
PEORIA, Ariz. — The Seattle Mariners signed Marshalltown native Jeff Clement late last week, and the former first-round draft pick rewarded them right back.

Clement had an RBI double and a run scored as the Mariners rocked San Diego 10-3 Thursday in the annual charity game between the two clubs preceding the start of Cactus League play.

Clement was one of 15 players added to the Mariners’ 40-man roster on Feb. 22. The club has until March 30 to trim its opening day roster back to 25 players for the start of the major league season.

Seattle’s third overall pick in 2005, Clement was 1-for-3 as designated hitter on Thursday. His first at-bat of the spring was against San Diego’s Trevor Hoffman — for the third straight year.

Hoffman, the Padres’ 40-year-old closer with 524 career saves, struck Clement out.


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