Worth noting

• Designated hitter Corey Hart went 2-for-3 with a walk for Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, putting his batting average at .306 after nine rehab games as he returns from a strained hamstring. First baseman Justin Smoak took the day off and is batting .220 in 11 games as he works back from a strained quad.

"He was a little sore, just body soreness," McClendon said Wednesday. "Probably a little exhausted from grinding it out. Hart is swinging the bat pretty good. He's starting to come on. He's going to play the outfield [Wednesday] and see how healthy he is. We'll go from there and make an evaluation."

Both players likely will stay with Tacoma through the weekend before decisions are made about when they'll rejoin the Mariners when the club returns home Monday.

• With Tuesday's win, the Mariners are 39-25 since ending an eight-game losing streak on April 23. That is the best record in the Majors in that span, a half-game better than Oakland's 38-25.

• How good is the AL West? The A's (plus-131), Mariners (plus-67) and Angels (plus-57) had the top three run differentials in the Majors going into Wednesday's games.

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.