--RHP Brandon League has taken four consecutive losses in four appearances. After entering Friday's game with the Mariners leading the Indians 4-2, he allowed back-to-back doubles before giving up a walk-off, two-run home run to Travis Hafner. The problem for the Mariners is their other closer options are limited, so they have to ride with League.
--RHP David Aardsma, who sprained a ligament in his right elbow last week, will rehabilitate for a month, then begin a new throwing program. He will not need surgery, though it's unlikely he will be back prior to the All-Star break.
--RHP Jeff Gray, designated for assignment by the White Sox on Wednesday, was claimed off waivers by the Mariners. He figures to join Seattle's bullpen for Saturday's game at Cleveland. Gray, 29, had no decisions and a 2.70 ERA in six appearances for the White Sox this season. In four big-league seasons with the A's, Cubs and White Sox, Gray has a combined 1-1 record with a 4.36 ERA in 42 appearances.
--LF Carlos Peguero hit his first major league home run Friday night, smashing a fastball from Cleveland RHP Fausto Carmona to right-center. Peguero is in his second stint with the big club this year, and the homer was just his third hit and first extra-base hit in 20 at-bats.
--RHP Doug Fister entered Friday's game having allowed only one home run in 42 1/3 innings. He gave up two in the first three innings to the Indians, one to Shin-Soo Choo and one to Michael Brantley. Fortunately for Fister, both were solo shots, and he tossed eight innings of two-run ball. He failed to get the win when RHP Brandon League yielded three runs in the ninth.
--1B Justin Smoak continues his adjustment to becoming the Mariners' offensive centerpiece. He hit a two-run home run to provide the lead Friday night. Smoak, 24, easily leads the team in home runs (six) and RBI (24).
--Manager Eric Wedge wasn't the only member of the Mariners making a notable return to Cleveland. Seattle hitting coach Chris Chambliss was named American League Rookie of the Year 40 years ago during his debut season with the Indians. Chambliss hit .275 with nine home runs and 48 RBI back in 1971.
BY THE NUMBERS
73.7 percent -- Rate of first-pitch strikes thrown by Mariners rookie RHP Michael Pineda. That leads the big leagues.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"You got to be strong on the bad days and be humble on the good days." -- Manager Eric Wedge, on the team's recent late losses.
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