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Notes, Quotes · Roster Report · Olivo shows pop in cleanup spot

--DH Jack Cust, who was out of the lineup for the third time Sunday with a .171 batting average, was back Tuesday. However, manager Eric Wedge moved him to the No. 6 slot in the order to shake things up. Cust singled in his fourth and final at-bat.

--1B Justin Smoak met with manager Eric Wedge on Tuesday after returning from a stint on the bereavement list that followed the death of Smoak's father. Wedge was willing to let Smoak have some time before returning to the lineup, but the second-year player said he'd rather play. And he homered in his second at-bat, a two-run shot that broke a 1-1 tie.

--RHP Felix Hernandez lost his first two decisions against the Tigers. But after six innings in a 7-3 win in Detroit on Tuesday, he's won his last seven starts against Detroit with a 3.00 ERA (17 earned runs, 51 innings).

--C Miguel Olivo's first home run of the season was a bit on the unusual side. Olivo, who'd been hitting the ball hard without getting any results, slammed a liner to left that Detroit LF Ryan Raburn appeared to have a bead on. But the ball kicked off Raburn's glove and carried over the fence.

--RHP David Pauley pitched two shutout innings of relief, giving him a stretch of four games without allowing any runs. The streak covers 7 1/3 innings.

--RHP Brandon League threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning Tuesday to close out a 7-3 win over the Tigers. He remains 5-for-5 in save opportunities this season, joining Neftali Feliz of the Rangers and Jonathan Papelbon of the Red Sox as the only AL pitchers to be perfect in five or more save chances. Last year, League was 6-for-12.

--RHP David Aardsma allowed one run in one inning Tuesday during his fourth rehab appearance for Class AAA Tacoma. Aardsma, who had left hip surgery in January, has an 18.90 ERA for Tacoma. The Mariners had talked about activating him after three or four rehab outings, but it's unclear if his poor results will prompt them to keep him in the minors a bit longer.

2 -- Homers hit by the Mariners in road parks this year before Tuesday, when they got two more, one each from C Miguel Olivo and 1B Justin Smoak.

"He said he's ready to play, so let's get him in there." -- Manager Eric Wedge, on the return of 1B Justin Smoak from bereavement leave.

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