Worth noting

• Right fielder Michael Saunders will remain with the Mariners, taking batting practice and working out for the remainder of the series in Baltimore as he continues to recover from a strained oblique that has him on the 15-day disabled list. There was some thought he'd be ready to begin a Minor League rehab stint by this weekend, but McClendon said that's not happening.

"He's not ready to go out, not quite yet," McClendon said. "I think we'll probably reevaluate when we get home and see where we are. He's got to be 100 percent swinging and be able to throw to the plate with some action. And that's the last thing that comes. He's getting there. He's getting close, but he's not ready."

Kendrys Morales was at first base Friday, his first time playing a position since being acquired by trade from the Twins. That allowed Corey Hart to be the designated hitter, which McClendon said is an ongoing option.

"Kendrys is very adept over there. He's more than capable of playing first base," McClendon said.

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