On Monday, Brandon League made his first relief appearance for Seattle since his demotion from the closer's role. The right-hander pitched a scoreless eighth inning in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers. Manager Eric Wedge plans to continue using League in a similar fashion, and may even give him longer stints when possible. League has blown four saves this season. "I thought it was good to get him out there. I thought he did OK," Wedge said. "There are a couple things he's working on, and to have the opportunity to go out there in non-save situations is going to help him." The Mariners scored a season-high 21 runs in their win on Wednesday against the Rangers. It was the second-most in club history and the third time they have scored 20 runs or more. The franchise record is 22 runs, which they did April 29, 1999, against the Tigers. Seattle has played the most road games in the Majors this season, with 31. White Sox: Morel begins rehab outing
Third baseman Brent Morel is set to begin his rehab assignment on Wednesday night with Triple-A Charlotte. His return will give Ventura plenty of options to choose from in a deep infield. Morel was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 22 with a lumbar back strain. The key, Ventura said, is not rushing Morel back -- a task made easier with the acquisition of Orlando Hudson. "We want to see that, and that's what we're looking for when he goes down and starts playing again," Ventura said. "We want to make sure that when he comes back, he's ready to go and not just trying to suck it up to be ready to play." Friday's game marks the start of a nine-game homestand for the White Sox. After three against the Mariners, they will face the Blue Jays and Astros at U.S. Cellular Field. In Wednesday's win over Tampa Bay, the White Sox were held without a homer for the first time in their last 16 games. Worth noting
Of the six White Sox hitters who have faced Hernandez at least 10 times, none has a batting average above .300. First baseman Paul Konerko has fared the best against Hernandez, hitting .292 with two homers in 24 at-bats. Peavy faced Seattle once last year, picking up the win after allowing two runs in six innings. He is 5-1 with a 2.12 ERA in seven career starts against the Mariners. The first time the White Sox and Mariners met, Chicago pulled off a sweep of a three-game set in April. Just one victory in this weekend's series would give the White Sox their third straight season-series victory over Seattle.