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C Mike Zunino (broken left hamate bone) has been making great progress in his recovery, acting manager Robby Thompson said Monday. "He's been hitting off a tee. I think possibly today some soft toss, and there's a good chance when we get back home he may take some batting practice. And then we'll see how he progresses through that and then start him on a rehab (assignment). We're looking forward to that." Zunino, who's batting .242 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in his rookie season, has been on the DL since July 26. "We look to get him back at least by September, the September call-ups," Thompson said.
RHP Aaron Harang allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings Monday night but got a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to Oakland. Harang (5-10) struck out three and walked one. Harang took his third straight no-decision and left with a two-game losing streak alive. He hasn't won a game since July 22 against Cleveland.
LHP Joe Saunders (10-12) will make his 26th start of the season Tuesday night against Oakland at O.co Coliseum. Saunders is 15-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 23 career starts against the A's, including 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA this season. He has more career wins against Oakland than against any other team. Saunders is coming off a 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay. He allowed seven hits and five runs over 4 1/3 innings and failed to record a strikeout for the first time since a May 5 start at Toronto.
DH Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 and drove in a run Monday night in the Mariners' 2-1 loss to Oakland. He's batting .322 (37-for-115) with three home runs and 12 RBIs since the All-Star break. Morales, however, made a costly base-running mistake in the seventh inning Monday. With two outs, he tried to go from first to third on Justin Smoak's single to right, but A's Gold Glove RF Josh Reddick gunned him down. Morales slowed up before arriving at third base and didn't slide. "I didn't know he was going to have a chance to throw to third," Morales said. "I was surprised about it."
OF/1B Michael Morse (sore left wrist) was out of the lineup for the second straight game Monday night when the Mariners opened a three-game series at Oakland. "Nothing severe," acting manager Robby Thompson said. "A couple swings, though, he's kind of grimaced and held his wrist here as of late. We'll give him another day and see where he's at (Tuesday)." Morse spent time on the disabled list last month with a strained right quad. He was activated July 29. He's batting .161 (9-for-56) with one home run, four doubles and three RBIs in 14 games since coming off the DL.