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Beavan pitches six innings of three-run ball

When young Mariners right-hander Blake Beavan takes the mound on Friday night at Rogers Centre against the Blue Jays and goes up against an emerging star in Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero, he'll have some important experience under his belt.

Recent important experience.

Beavan, of course, was the pitcher Saturday when White Sox righty Philip Humber pitched the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Beavan could only watch as his offense went 0-for-27 and Humber and his teammates celebrated one of baseball's rarest occurrences on the field.

Meanwhile, Beavan wasn't bad at all in that game, turning in a quality start by pitching six innings and giving up three runs on seven hits. He was touched up by a solo home run by Paul Konerko to lead off the second inning, and Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski hit back-to-back RBI singles in the third, but Beavan righted himself after that, retiring eight consecutive batters to finish his day.

"Obviously, we wanted to try to get ahead and win the game, but at the same time, you've got a guy like Humber battling out there and making pitches and everything going the right way, some things you just can't do," Beavan said. "That's the first time I've [been on the same field during a perfect game] in pro ball. I've never seen anything like that."

Romero wasn't perfect in his last start, but he was pretty good, and it's been a trend all season for the southpaw.

Romero beat the Royals in Kansas City by giving up two runs on five hits in eight innings. He struck out five and got plenty of ground-ball outs on a very windy day. Apart from a rocky fifth inning, he cruised to his third victory of the season, as he continues to flourish in the role of team ace and workhorse.

He's already gone eight innings twice and pitched into the ninth inning on April 11 against Boston.

"That's my goal every time I take the mound," Romero said. "Just to go out there and try to get as deep as possible."

Mariners: Bouncing back
• Since Humber's perfect game against Seattle on Saturday, the Mariners are batting .300 (45-for-150) with 25 runs, seven doubles, four home runs, 24 RBIs and 14 walks over the last four games (3-1).

"Sometimes new scenery always helps," second baseman Dustin Ackley said. "Sometimes you get in those bad grooves and it just kind of hurts. You need that kind of fresh start somewhere else to get it back going again. It could be the same for being on the road for a bad stretch and going back home."

• Alex Liddi seems to like being on the road. In his limited career, the infielder is hitting .341 (14-for-41) with eight runs, five home runs and 10 RBIs in 13 road games.

• Beavan has made one start against the Blue Jays in his career. He is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA. He went five innings, giving up six hits and five earned runs on three home runs.

Blue Jays: McGowan experiences setback

 Right-hander Dustin McGowan has suffered another setback on the road to recovery from a variety of injuries. McGowan experienced soreness in his right shoulder while rehabbing in Florida from a minor foot injury. He was examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, and while structural damage was ruled out, McGowan will be shut down for the next two weeks because of inflammation.

"Disappointing on a number of levels," manager John Farrell said. "First and foremost, you think about his path that he's come through. We've all talked about the resiliency, but the fact is we were banking on him to be a part of this rotation."

• In five career starts against Seattle, Romero is 1-1 with a 3.67 ERA. Last season, the lefty made two starts against the Mariners and went 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA.

• Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus hit home runs off Beavan in the Mariners pitcher's only start against the Blue Jays.

Worth noting

 • Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki is 8-for-16 in his career against Romero, although only one of those hits, a double, went for extra bases.

• The Blue Jays lead the Majors with a .328 (45-for-137) batting average with runners in scoring position.

• Farrell said that veteran infielder Omar Vizquel likely will receive his first start of the season at shortstop on Saturday afternoon against Seattle. Vizquel, who has appeared in just five games this season, is expected to provide a day off for starter Yunel Escobar. Comments