• Rookie center fielder James Jones had recorded at least one hit in each of his first eight starts going into Saturday's game, becoming the fourth Mariner ever to achieve that feat. Edgar Martinez had hits in his first 10 Major League starts in 1987; Alvin Davis hit safely in his first nine starts in 1984; and Paul Serna had eight straight starts with a hit to open his career in 1981.
• After hitting in Saturday's simulated game against Paxton, Morrison ran the bases in a series of drills with trainer Rick Griffin as the outfielder/designated hitter moves closer to returning from a month-long stint on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
When Morrison is ready, he will go on a Minor League rehab stint with Triple-A Tacoma for up to 20 days.
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