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2B Nick Franklin returned from a four-game layoff on Saturday when he entered the game in the eighth inning and drove in a run with a pinch-groundout. Franklin, who received five stitches in his left knee earlier in the week, ended up going 0-for-2 after a ninth-inning strikeout.

RHP Aaron Harang has been an Angels favorite this season, having gone 0-3 with a 10.03 ERA in three starts against them. He has given up five home runs in 11 2/3 innings and has allowed L.A. hitters to batter him at a .448 clip. Five of the runs that Harang has allowed in his three starts against the Angels came in the first inning. He'll get another shot at the Angels on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

RHP Erasmo Ramirez put together his second consecutive solid start on Saturday when he gave up two earned runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Ramirez suffered the loss but quickly recovered from a first-inning home run to keep the Angels' bats quiet for most of the night. In back-to-back starts, Ramirez has allowed three earned runs in 13 1/3 innings -- good for a 2.06 ERA. In the process, he has dropped his season ERA almost three full runs -- from 7.06 to 4.10.

RF Endy Chavez made an early impact in the second inning of Saturday's game against the Angels when he stole a home run from Hank Conger with an over-the-wall catch and then added a single in the bottom of the inning. Chavez ended up matching his season high with three hits, but his solid defense took the seventh inning off when he dropped a fly ball and the potential third out to allow an unearned run to score.

OF Michael Morse has not been much of a factor at all since coming off the disabled list on July 28. His 0-for-4 performance on Saturday night left him at .162 (11-for-68) since returning from a quadriceps injury. He led baseball with nine home runs in spring training and added eight in April but since then he has just five homers.

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