© 2010 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.

05/07/10 10:26 PM ET

Mariners look to follow Angels' lead

The Angels ended their seven-game losing streak with a win on Friday, and now the Mariners are hoping it will be their turn to do the same on Saturday at Safeco Field.

Both clubs entered Friday's matchup on losing streaks of at least six games, marking just the sixth time since the Mariners joined the Majors in 1977 that two teams met with losing streaks of six or more games.

The slumps prompted both clubs to hold closed-door meetings before the game, with the Angels holding a players-only session and Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu addressing his team.

Whatever the Angels talked about worked for them, however, as their offense erupted for eight runs against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in an 8-0 win in the series opener.

"I'm pretty sure any team that's losing seven in a row, you've got to put your foot down," Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said of the meeting. "We put our foot down when we lost the first series in Detroit, it just didn't happen. We kept our foot in the air.

"We just have to go out there and take it one pitch at a time and not try to do too much. When things are going bad, you have a lot of guys who try to do too much and be the hero, which is not a bad thing, but sometimes you can overdo it. I think we're at that point right now."

Meanwhile, Wakamatsu's message was for his club to relax and not think about its recent funk.

"We are playing with too much emotion in the wrong way right now," Wakamatsu said. "I think right now there are a lot of individuals trying to turn this around. To me, this team has to come together and we are going to work on coming together."

Luckily for the Mariners, right-hander Doug Fister will be on the mound on Saturday, and he's surprisingly been the ace of the team with an American League-leading 1.29 ERA and 0.80 WHIP.

The Angels will counter with left-hander Joe Saunders, who has struggled this season with 1-6 record and 7.04 ERA. But Saunders, who won a combined 33 games the last two seasons, isn't concerned by his slow start.

"Velocity's good, delivery's good ... I can't explain it," Saunders said. "I'm just going through a stretch. I'm getting all the bad ones out of the way, getting them done early."

Angels: Ryan gets the call
The Angels called up outfielder Michael Ryan from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday and optioned right-hander Matt Palmer to Salt Lake. Palmer was struggling with a 6.26 ERA while Ryan was hitting .351 in the Minors with 12 RBIs in 21 games. "For this organization and [Angels manager Mike Scioscia] to give me a chance, I'm just so relieved," said Ryan, who made his first big league appearance since 2005 when he pinch-hit for Hunter in the ninth inning. "I'm not going to do anything to screw that up, and whatever they ask me to do, I'm going to give 100 percent to do it."

Mariners: Catchers continue to battle
The Mariners have struggled offensively this season and were no-hit by Jered Weaver for 6 2/3 innings on Friday before Ken Griffey Jr. singled in the seventh inning. Seattle's struggles have been most apparent at catcher, with Rob Johnson batting just .133 after going 0-for-3 on Friday and Adam Moore batting just .163. Wakamatsu, though, blamed their struggles on inexperience and isn't worried quite yet. "Young, I think that's the best description I can give right now," Wakamatsu said. "We're working daily. Had a nice session today with Rob Johnson and will have one with Adam Moore. There is a lot of pressure. You talk about being young in a lineup that should be producing and you're asking those guys to add something offensively and they're not. Which I think young players will take that behind the plate. I know both of them can play much better than they have and they are working to get better at it."

Worth noting
Angels infielder Maicer Izturis underwent an MRI before Friday's game to evaluate the shoulder injury he aggravated Monday in Boston and could be headed to the disabled list, according to Scioscia ... The Angels' seven-game losing streak was their longest since 2001. ... Mariners shortstop Jack Wilson, sidelined with discomfort in his right knee, said he expects to be in the lineup on Saturday. ... The Mariners played their 29th game of the season on Friday night and their first one against the Angels. It was the latest first-time meeting between the teams since 1998, when the division rivals played 57 games before crossing paths.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.