When the Mariners took the field on Wednesday, their only position player age 30 or over was shortstop Munenori Kawasaki, 31. The Yankees had just two position players under 30, Robinson Cano and Russell Martin, both of whom are 29.
"They've got an infield where everybody is making $20 million a year," said Seattle manager Eric Wedge. "That just didn't come by the wayside. They had to do certain things to get to that point. At one point in time, they were all young players, too. But that's what I'm saying. When it comes, it'll all come together. Because these kids will all grow together."
Left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left triceps, played catch on Tuesday and Wednesday as he starts his rehab program. Furbush said he's just throwing fastballs for now but feels fine at this point. He's not eligible to return until Aug. 4 at the earliest.
Since recording his first save on June 4, new Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen ranks third in the American League with 11 saves in the ensuing span. Going into Wednesday, he hadn't allowed an earned run in 13 1/3 innings during his 12 save opportunities, with opponents hitting .070 (3-for-43) with 15 strikeouts.
Tickets for Friday's Mariners Hall of Fame induction luncheon for Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson are sold out, but tickets do remain for Saturday afternoon's game, when the two will be formally inducted in a ceremony prior to the 1:10 p.m. PT first pitch. The pregame ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m.