Worth noting

• Going into Tuesday's game, the Mariners were third in the American League in run differential this year with a plus-32 mark, having outscored their opponents, 282-250. Only six AL teams have positive run differentials, led by Oakland's 126. The Blue Jays are second at plus-39.

• Injured position players Justin Smoak, Corey Hart and Michael Saunders will all stay behind and work out in Seattle and Triple-A Tacoma, when the Mariners head out on their road trip to San Diego and Kansas City. Smoak is expected to begin his Minor League rehab with Tacoma on Wednesday as he recovers from a strained quad, while Hart (strained hamstring) and Saunders (shoulder inflammation) are likely to begin their rehab stints with the Rainiers later in the week.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.