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Humber strikes out seven over 5 1/3 innings

Phil Humber is well aware that Safeco Field is as pitcher-friendly as ballparks come.

But that doesn't mean the White Sox righty plans to tempt fate when he faces the Seattle Mariners in the second of three games between the two sides. Humber will be opposed by Seattle righty Blake Beavan.

"I'd rather it be a pitchers' park than a hitters' park, but at the same time, if I leave pitches up and they square them up, they'll go out of any yard," Humber said. "So it's the same tomorrow as it is any time, just go out there and have a game plan and stick with it."

It's the second start of the season for Humber, who labored his first time out in throwing 115 pitches against Baltimore. Even with all those pitches, Humber only lasted 5 1/3 innings, but he avoided trouble, allowing just a run on six hits.

Beavan makes his third start of the season for Seattle, and first regular-season start against the White Sox, who earned a 7-3 win on Friday after dropping four of five.

"I've faced them in Spring Training," said Beavan, who is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA this year. "But, obviously, everything will be a little different now. With a new team, you just go off the information you talk about in our meetings and then just go after them."

Beavan noted it's games like Saturday's where he's thankful he has a veteran catcher like Miguel Olivo behind the plate to guide him through a new lineup.

Beavan has just one walk in two starts and continues relying on his excellent control to pitch effectively.

"I've still got some improving to do with my breaking ball and throwing my changeup more," Beavan said. "That will come. It's still early. You don't want to change what's working too much, but there'll be a time I need those pitches, and so I'm working on those pitches when I can."

Humber faced the Mariners twice last season, putting forth strong efforts in each. He threw 14 2/3 innings against Seattle and allowed three runs, posting a 1-0 record.

White Sox: Lillibridge returns home
• Seattle-area native and former University of Washington star Brent Lillibridge feels right at home in Seattle.

"I've got family and friends [here], the randoms and people I haven't seen since high school will yell at me after being in the beer garden or something," he said. "But it's just part of it, it's fun. I love my parents seeing me play, and the brothers and also just having my wife here and my little baby, so everyone can see them."

• First baseman Paul Konerko went 0-for-4 on Friday night, snapping his streak of reaching base in every White Sox game this season. A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez also had hitting streaks of seven games come to an end.

• With a third-inning single on Friday, right fielder Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Mariners: Sweet relief from Wilhelmsen
• Righty reliever Tom Wilhelmsen has allowed just one run in 10 innings this season, and in his last 22 relief appearances, he has a minuscule 0.95 ERA. During that stretch, opponents are hitting just .134 against Wilhelmsen.

Heading into Friday's game, Wilhelmsen led all American League relievers with 12 strikeouts.

• The Mariners have scored four or more runs in eight of their 15 games -- a 53 percent clip. That's a significant improvement from 2011, when the Mariners scored four or more runs only 41 percent of the time.

Worth noting
• The Mariners are now just 3-17 in their last 20 games against the White Sox, dating back to the 2010 season.

• The two clubs will meet nine times this year, but this weekend's series marks the only games they'll play in Seattle, as six more games are scheduled to be played in the Windy City.

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