Worth noting

• Right fielder Michael Saunders (sore right shoulder) and first baseman Justin Smoak (sore left quad) were both out of the lineup again for Monday's series finale against the Rays, but both could be available Tuesday when the Mariners return to Seattle to face the Yankees, McClendon said.

Saunders has been sidelined since Friday, while Smoak has been limited to late-inning defensive appearances in three of the last four games.

• After his seven scoreless innings with 15 strikeouts on Sunday, Hernandez took the lead in the AL in strikeouts (106), was tied for first in quality starts (12), third in WHIP (1.01) and fifth in ERA (2.39).

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