--RHP Michael Pineda comes into Friday's first-ever start against the New York Yankees with 14 consecutive scoreless innings in his last two starts. This will be his 10th career start. In eight of his first nine, he's turned in quality starts.
--RF Ichiro Suzuki, 3B Chone Figgins and 1B Justin Smoak, who comprise the top one-third of the Seattle lineup, went a combined 12-for-78 on the just-completed trip through San Diego and Minnesota. "It's a long season, and at various times the top third of your lineup, the middle third and the bottom third will get hot," manager Eric Wedge said.
--DH Jack Cust is expected to be back in the Seattle lineup Friday against the Yankees. The veteran got Wednesday's start off in Minnesota after going 3-for-9 with a double and his first home run of the season in the first two games of the series with the Twins.
--RHP Jeff Gray probably won't have to wait so long for his second appearance on the mound for Seattle. The May 12 pickup from the White Sox got Mariner appearance No. 1 on Tuesday and retired both of the men he faced. Like most of the relievers, Gray's mound time has been cut back by the starters having a 2.39 ERA, while going seven or more innings 14 times this month.
--RHP Felix Hernandez will be going on one extra day's rest Saturday when he faces the Yankees thanks to Thursday's day off. Hernandez has won his last four starts against New York dating to Sept. 18, 2001, with a 0.51 ERA, having allowed two earned runs in 35 innings.
BY THE NUMBERS
13 -- Road victories for the Mariners in 26 games away from Safeco Field this year. A year ago, in the first 26 road games, the Mariners were 8-18.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It feels really good when you hit a ball like that." -- CF Franklin Gutierrez, on his first homer of the season Wednesday.
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