• Third baseman Kyle Seager was moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup Friday for the first time this season after hitting primarily fourth (8 games), fifth (24), sixth (25) and seventh (5) as manager Lloyd McClendon continues looking for the best production from a team that ranks 10th in the American League in scoring, 13th in slugging percentage and 15th in batting average and on-base percentage.
"I'm just trying to mix things up," McClendon said. "We talk about this every day and it's almost like a broken record. We don't have a perfect lineup. We're trying to mix and match. We're trying to do the best we can and juggle this thing and stay afloat until we can get some guys healthy. He's 5-for-10 off [opposing pitcher Nick Tepesch], so I want him up there as much as he can possibly be."
• After holding the Yankees scoreless for the final 5 2/3 innings in Thursday's 6-3 loss, the Mariners bullpen had a 1.01 ERA over its past 26 games and had allowed just one earned run in the last 37 innings. The relievers rank second in the AL in ERA at 2.58 for the season, well ahead of the club record of 3.04 in 2001.
• The Mariners are 10-25 on Friday the 13th games in franchise history and have lost seven of their past eight going into Friday night's game with the Rangers.
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