While the Mariners struggled at times on their recent road trip, Jesus Montero was doing just the opposite. Montero has 13 hits in his last seven games and hit two home runs in Sunday's victory over the Angels.
"He's been better, particularly against right-handers," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "It looks like he's seeing the ball better, seeing the breaking balls better, laying off some pitches he needs to lay off and squaring up some pitches he should be squaring up. We're trying to get all of our guys to do a better job of hitting the fastball and not missing."
Casper Wells was not in the starting lineup on Monday for the third consecutive day, but Wedge said to expect the outfielder back on Tuesday.
"I've been taking a better look at [Eric] Thames and Trayvon [Robinson], just trying to put the best lineup out there," Wedge said. "Casper's been struggling a little bit lately, I'm going to give him a couple days, get him back in there against the left-hander [Matt Moore on Tuesday] and go from there."
The Mariners entered Monday with a seven-game home winning streak, which dates back to July 26.