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RF Michael Saunders was moved up to No. 2 in the batting order, hitting there for the first time since May 22, on Friday. He entered the game with a .375 batting average (6-for-16) on the current homestand and singled in his first at-bat Friday. Saunders ended up going 1-for-4.

2B Nick Franklin (knee) was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day, but manager Eric Wedge said he expects to have him available before the end of the series. "Hopefully we'll get him back in the next couple of days, before the break," Wedge said before Friday's game.

3B Kyle Seager hit a home run for the second consecutive game Thursday while extending his hitting streak to 12 games. His solo shot to lead off the second inning gave the Mariners a home run in 20 consecutive games, establishing a team record. Seager went 1-for-3 and is now hitting .435 (20-for-46) during his 12-game hitting streak.

LHP Bobby LaFromboise is making his second stint of the season with the Mariners after getting recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. The 26-year-old had a 7.71 ERA in three appearances with Seattle earlier this season, and he was 4-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 29 games at Tacoma this season.

OF Raul Ibanez continued his surprising season with his 23rd home run -- a 438-foot home run to right field to lead off the fourth inning -- then added No. 24 in the seventh inning Friday. The 41-year-old Ibanez needs six more home runs to become the oldest player to hit 30 in a season, and he's 10 shy of his personal career-best (34 with the Phillies in 2009). Only twice in his career has Ibanez hit more than 24 home runs in an entire season.

RHP Erasmo Ramirez was optioned to Class A Everett on Friday, one day after giving up seven earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in his first MLB start of the season. The move had less to do with Ramirez's rough start and more to do with keeping him in a routine, manager Eric Wedge said. Ramirez will be able to make a start on his typical five days rest during the All-Star break, while the move allowed Seattle to add fresh arms to the overworked bullpen.

RHP Felix Hernandez has never had 10 wins by the All-Star break, but he'll be hoping to get there when he makes his final pre-break start Saturday night. Hernandez (9-4) was won each of his past two starts, but his career 7-12 record against the Angels makes Saturday's scheduled start against Los Angeles anything but a lock.

RHP Hector Noesi was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday, and the converted starter will probably serve as the Mariners' long reliever now that Blake Beavan is on his way to Tacoma. Noesi has already had two tours of duty with the Mariners this season (0-1, 4.74 ERA) and has also pitched at Tacoma and Double-A Jackson.

RHP Blake Beavan looks like he's going to become a starter again. For the second time this season, the long reliever was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma with designs on making him a part of the Rainiers' starting rotation. Since his last promotion from Tacoma on June 6, Beavan has appeared in only five games. His last outing saw the 24-year-old give up two runs in two innings of work while suffering the loss in Tuesday night's defeat against Boston.

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