Jim Thome hit in a simulated game in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday. He is hoping for a return from a herniated disk in his neck later this week. "We'd love to get him back," Showalter said. "Especially with Wilson [Betemit] being out. But we won't see him before Thursday, that's for sure." Thome was acquired from Philadelphia on July 1, and in 18 games with Baltimore, he's hit .261 with two home runs. He hasn't played a game since July 27. Mariners: Spoiler alert
The Mariners' goal of making the playoffs has been gone for some time now, but that doesn't mean they won't be impacting pennant races in September. To close out the season, Seattle faces the Orioles, Rangers, Angels and A's -- all teams in the thick of the playoff hunt. "There are some games that are perceived as more meaningful than others because, quite frankly, they are," Wedge said. "From our standpoint, every game, every win means something for us. I know they do for other teams, too, but as we're building this thing and moving forward, every win means something." Worth noting
Seattle outfielder Franklin Gutierrez is hitting .358 in his career against Baltimore with two homers and 11 RBIs in 29 games. Baltimore has struggled a bit against AL West opponents this season, going just 14-18. Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen has recorded a save in each of Seattle's six September wins. The Orioles and White Sox are the only teams with five players who have 20 or more home runs.