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BOS@LAA: Weaver on outing vs. Red Sox, Conger, Lackey

It's been a bizarre few games for the Mariners. While their bats have been heating up, it hasn't translated to many wins.

Seattle has scored 38 runs in its past five games, but has gone just 2-3.

"Obviously we've struggled from a pitching standpoint, but you've got to be really encouraged by our offense, that's the positive I take from it," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Now it's just a matter of putting them both together: the pitching and the offense."

The team did that in an 8-3 win against the Angels on Friday night, with Joe Saunders tossing seven innings and allowing no runs for the win. Right-hander Felix Hernandez will look to follow suit in Saturday night's game against the Angels at Safeco Field.

Leading the American League with a 2.70 ERA, Hernandez last lost on May 25, a span of eight starts. He's also tossed seven innings and allowed only two runs in his last three starts.

With Jered Weaver set to take the hill for the Angels, Saturday's contest should be quite the matchup of aces.

The right-hander has posted back-to-back wins in July, most recently tossing 6 2/3 innings and allowing just five hits against the Red Sox on Sunday.

Pitching incredibly well in the month throughout his career, Weaver is 13-1 in July since 2011.

"By July, it's midseason, so usually your body is physically at its peak for a season," Weaver said. "You're strong, you've got some innings under your arm, and you're probably in a good rhythm. It's not like I'm not trying to do all those things in every month, but midseason is definitely a time to be in peak condition."

Angels: Injured pitchers progressing
Manager Mike Scioscia reported plenty of progress for injured Angels pitchers before Friday's game against the Mariners.

Starter Tommy Hanson, who has been on the disabled list with a right forearm strain since June 27, is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday. Scioscia said he would throw somewhere around 30 or 35 pitches.

Starter Jason Vargas, who is recovering from a blood clot in his left armpit area, is starting to play catch in Arizona this week.

Reliever Sean Burnett (left elbow impingement) has been throwing up to about 90 feet, Scioscia said, but is not ready to throw off a mound.

Mariners: Ibanez nominated for Branch Rickey award
Outfielder Raul Ibanez was nominated for the Branch Rickey Award on Friday. It recognizes a Major League Baseball player, manager, coach or executive for "contributions to the community or their status as a role model."

He has co-chaired the Mariners Care Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament six times, raising over $1.76 million to combat the illness. He has also served as the spokesperson for the Mariners Refuse to Abuse program, which seeks to curb domestic violence.

Ibanez has also supported local charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program and Boys and Girls Clubs.

• Second baseman Nick Franklin was out of the lineup for the second consecutive night on Friday, nursing a sore right knee. Wedge said that the situation wasn't serious.

Worth noting
• Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa has been the winning pitcher in three of the team's last 10 wins.

• With 104 hits this season, Kyle Seager is just the 12th player in Seattle history to break the century mark before the All-Star break. He is the first to accomplish the feat since Ichiro Suzuki in 2010. Comments