Worth noting

Brad Miller was back at shortstop on Wednesday after Chris Taylor got the start Tuesday and went 1-for-4 with an RBI double. McClendon had said all along that Miller would get the start Wednesday against tough right-hander Corey Kluber and that Taylor's hand was fine after he got hit by a pitch on Tuesday.

• Right fielder Michael Saunders took batting practice for a second day in a row on Wednesday as he continues his return from a strained oblique muscle. McClendon said Saunders wasn't swinging 100 percent yet and that "it's going to take some time," but the manager said he remains hopeful that the 27-year-old will be able to go out on a Minor League rehab stint by this weekend.

• Top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker gave up three home runs in Tacoma's 5-3 loss at Las Vegas on Tuesday. The 21-year-old allowed four runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in a five-inning outing. He's 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA in nine starts for the Triple-A club.

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