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The earthquake that rocked the Puget Sound region last month caused about $400,000 in damage to Safeco Field.

Mariners chairman and CEO Howard Lincoln said Monday that Safeco's anti-earthquake devices worked as the engineers designed them, and the stadium did not sustain structural damage.

"But we have had quite a bit of cosmetic damage, probably close to $400,000," Lincoln said.

"All sorts of stuff. TVs falling down. Cracks. Falling bookcases. The list goes on for two pages. With a property that big with that many things going on, you're bound to have that kind of size of damage," he said.

The Mariners have used the $517.6-million stadium for the past 1{ seasons.

The Mariners wind up spring training March 29 in Arizona. They open their second full season at Safeco on April 2 against the Athletics.

Following the quake on Feb. 28, the Mariners were concerned mainly about Safeco's retractable roof.

Within hours, engineers had opened and shut the roof and found that it worked fine, Lincoln said.

"The roof was designed with earthquake tolerances in mind," he said.

ANGELS: Designated hitter Jose Canseco made his first appearance in nine games and went 1-for-4. The former Devil Ray had been sidelined with lower back pain and a tight hamstring. Left-hander Jarrod Washburn, likely to start the season opener in two weeks, didn't start because of strep throat. Manager Mike Scioscia said Washburn should be ready for his next start.

RED SOX: Tim Wakefield isn't happy about starting the season in the bullpen, but he's willing to do it for the good of the team. "I understand their situation and I understand they really don't have any other choice," Wakefield said after discussing the situation with pitching coach Joe Kerrigan. Wakefield was told by manager Jimy Williams after his start Sunday that we would begin the season in the bullpen because of the uncertain situation of right-hander Hipolito Pichardo, who has an injured right elbow.

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