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June 13, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Mariner notes, pre-game June 13

20/20 Visionaries
Brendan Ryan wants to get more familiar with his city of employment. But that might wait until he sleeps in Thursday.
That day marks the Mariners’ first off-day after games on 20 straight days, and Ryan, 29, admits it takes a toll.
“No question,” he said. “The muscles get a little tighter. (But) it is what it is. I think when you’re playing hard, you should be feeling it a little bit at the home stretch of a 20-game streak.”
The M’s entered Monday night’s game 10-7 in this stretch, which began May 27 with a home series against the Yankees. Manager Eric Wedge says it’s been a challenge, one that includes monitoring pitchers closely, knowing the precise point when a player has been pushed enough to need a day off, and figuring in the debilitating aspect of travel.
“There’s a lot that goes into handling a 20-game stretch in regards to the players,” he said. “It’s no easy task to go out there and play for 20 days. They haven’t complained about it a bit.”
Ryan says he tries to get the occasional ice bath, finds himself more apt to catch more down time in the road hotel and “you try not to be running around as much.”
He won’t lie. He’s looking forward to Thursday.
“All our off-days are in the air,” he said. “I want to check out Seattle a little bit. I’m eager. I haven’t been around the city too much.”
The M’s have a second such stretch Aug. 26 through Sept. 15.
Aardsma to 60-day list
The M’s activated minor-league lefty Mauricio Robles, who had arthroscopic surgery on his throwing elbow March 22, and transferred closer David Aardsma from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
Aardsma, the Mariners closer, had hip surgery Jan. 3, and in his effort to return shortly into the season, developed arm problems and was diagnosed with a sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. There were initial fears he would have to undergo Tommy John surgery, but that was tabled at least temporarily and rest was prescribed.
Wedge said Aardsma was to begin playing catch Monday with catcher Adam Moore, who is recuperating from knee surgery. But any possible return in 2011 would be well into the second half of the season.
Notes
• Justin Smoak has 19 RBIs – exactly half his club-leading total of 38 – with two outs. The two-out production is tied for fifth in the American League.
• Miguel Olivo’s 10 homers puts him in good position to eclipse a rather soft club record for catchers – 18 by Kenji Johjima in 2006 and Dan Wilson in 1996.
• Over the past nine games, the M’s have scored 15 of their 32 runs in the eighth inning or later.
• Seattle entered the Angels opener with a 27-20 record against righthanded starters, tops in the AL.
End it

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