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Daren Brown comfortable filling in as Mariners' third-base coach | Notebook

Brown was the Mariners' interim manager for part of the 2010 season.

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TORONTO — Daren Brown had a little meeting with the hitters before his first game as the Mariners third-base coach.

"We just went over signs, more than anything, to get me somewhat acclimated a little bit," Brown said before Friday's game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. "It is different, there will be a little adjustment period as far as that goes. They're comfortable with it."

Brown, who has been the manager at Class AAA Tacoma, will be the third-base coach while Jeff Datz undergoes treatment for cancer.

The organization's minor-league catching coordinator John Stearns coached at third the past three games, but he is taking over as manager at Tacoma while Brown is with the Mariners.

Brown was the Mariners' interim manager for part of the 2010 season.

Manager Eric Wedge said that Brown is familiar with coaching third base, a job he also performs as manager with Tacoma.

Brown and Stearns had a meeting in Tacoma on Thursday.

"He got to the ballpark in Tacoma about 11:30, and I didn't leave there until about 4 o'clock when they took the field for batting practice," Brown said. "We've got a good group of young kids there; they've been playing well so they'll be all right."

There is a difference in coaching third base in Class AAA and the major leagues, he said

"The game is quicker up here, it's faster up here," Brown said.

Rogers Centre also has artificial turf that makes things happen a little bit quicker as well.

"It makes the game faster," Brown said. "There's a lot of things you take into account in any decision you might have to make."

Notes

• The Mariners had two Canadians in their lineup against the Blue Jays on Friday with Michael Saunders of Victoria, B.C., in center field and Jason Bay of Trail, B.C., in left field. The Blue Jays also had a B.C. native in the lineup with Brett Lawrie starting at third base.

• The Mariners will start right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma against the Blue Jays' knuckleball pitcher, right-hander R.A. Dickey (2-4, 4.50 earned-run average). Dickey won the National League Cy Young Award last season when he was with the New York Mets.

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