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Mariners make moves to get down to 25-man roster

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP)

The Seattle Mariners have reassigned catcher Josh Bard and utility player Chris Gimenez to minor league camp as they to pare down toward their opening day roster of 25 players.

Left-hander Luke French was also optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday. He allowed three runs on nine hits in five innings in his spring training start Sunday.

Bard and Gimenez were non-roster invitees.

The Mariners will go into the season with Miguel Olivo and Adam Moore as their catchers, and likely Franklin Gutierrez, Ichiro Suzuki, Ryan Langerhans, Michael Saunders and Milton Bradley as their outfielders. Decisions remain as to how many and which pitchers and infielders to keep.

Gutierrez is a candidate for the disabled list.

French appeared in 16 games for the Mariners last season with 13 starts and had a 5-7 record and 4.83 ERA. He gave up nine earned runs on 26 hits, the most on the pitching staff, in 16 spring training innings.

Bard and Gimenez struggled at the plate, both batting .207 in the spring.

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