Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez returned from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday after a three-month recovery from a partially-torn pectoral muscle and plantar fasciitis. Gutierrez was not in the Mariners' lineup Wednesday night but is expected to debut Thursday. His replacement in center, Michael Saunders, has been excellent of late. He is hitting .444 (24-54) over his last 13 games with seven doubles, three homers, and three stolen bases. His .282 average on the season is by far the best on the team, so he'll stay in the lineup and shift to left field when Gutierrez returns. Padres: A win streak, a series win and a shutout
With their 1-0 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday night, the Padres earned their first series win since taking two of three from the Angels May 18-20. The Padres, who have won just four series all season, have won four of their last five Interleague series, dating back to 2011. The win also gives the Padres back-to-back wins for just the sixth time this season. They have yet to win three straight. That Wednesday's victory came via a shutout is similarly rare, as it is just the third recorded by the Padres this season. The other two came against Milwaukee in back-to-back games on May 1-2. San Diego first baseman Yonder Alonso, whose solo home run provided the lone run Wednesday, leads all rookies with 16 doubles. He is in the top 10 among rookies in hits (56), runs scored (18), RBIs (16) and batting average (.259). Worth noting
The Mariners have the best ERA in Interleague history with a 3.56 mark since play began in 1997. The Yankees are a distant second at 3.86. With a hit in Wednesday's game, Ichiro Suzuki upped his career hit total to 2,497. At his current pace, he will be the fourth-fastest to 2,500 in Major League history, having accumulated his hits in 1,812 games.