Even though Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tore his ACL shagging fly balls during batting practice on Thursday, Mariners pitcher Kevin Millwood said it won't change his pregame routine.
"I don't run around a lot, but guys have been doing it forever," the 37-year-old veteran said. "It's a freak accident, not much else you can say. A lot of guys do it just to move around and have a little fun. I don't think they're going to stop having pitchers shag during batting practice."
Current members of the Mariners were hitting a combined 18-for-58 (.310) off Twins starter Carl Pavano entering Seattle's matchup with the right-hander on Friday.
The Mariners have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games heading into Friday's matchup with the Twins. That ranks them first in the American League in home runs during that span. Additionally, 19 of the last 26 runs the Mariners have scored have come via a home run.