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Mariners notebook: Dickey has control issues

MINNEAPOLIS – R.A. Dickey, who lost his job as a starting pitcher three days ago, got it back again Sunday – and then pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Just a few days earlier, he’d been told that he was headed to the bullpen for the rest of the season. The rotation belonged to Felix Hernandez, Jarrod Washburn, Carlos Silva, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Ryan Feierabend.

Then Silva went on the disabled list on Saturday, and because Brandon Morrow isn’t ready to start for the Mariners yet, manager Jim Riggleman said Dickey would start Wednesday in Chicago.

Then Feierabend was chased Sunday after three innings, and the team needed someone to get them through a few more.

Hello, Mr. Dickey.

Dickey worked 1 1/3 innings – and pitched himself into the record book. With Kenji Johjima catching, or trying hard to, Dickey was charged with four wild pitches in the fifth inning.

That tied a Major League record shared by five other pitchers, last matched in 2006.

Will Dickey still start in Chicago?

“I could pitch (today),” said Dickey, who threw 43 pitches. “I’ll be fine.”

Callups will be few

When rosters expand Sept. 1, how many minor league players will Seattle call up?

Not as many as you might expect – most of them are already here.

On the Mariners’ current 25-man roster are 11 players who started their season with the Tacoma Rainiers. Can you name them?

The ex-Rainiers: Jeremy Reed, Jeff Clement, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Tug Hullet, Feierabend, Cesar Jimenez, Bryan LaHair, Dickey, Roy Corcoran, Jake Woods and Wladimir Balentien.

“I don’t know how many players already on the 40-man roster will be brought up” Riggleman said. “Some players can help us, and some deserve to be rewarded for their seasons. But face it – most of the kids are already here.”

Short hops

With Adrian Beltre the DH Sunday, Seattle has used 14 different players at the position this season – the most in the AL since 2006. The record is 18. ... Raul Ibañez doubled in the first inning, his 37th of the season, then again in the seventh inning to break his single-season career high. ... For the second time in four games, Wladimir Balentien homered over the center field fence Sunday. He added a double off the wall in right field. ... With his home run, Beltre has hit 20 or more home runs in a season seven times in his career.

On tap

Seattle visits Chicago for a 5:11 p.m. (PDT) game that will be televised on FSN. Probable starting pitchers: Jarrod Washburn (5-12, 4.58) vs. Mark Buehrle (10-10, 3.77).

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