Mariners manager Eric Wedge acknowledged Sunday that it's going to be tough to give Tom Wilhelmsen's closer job to Brandon League, with the way Wilhelmsen has been pitching of late. That, of course, is not a bad thing for Wedge, as Wilhelmsen has tossed 11 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, holding opponents to a .108 batting average. "I don't think we can right now," Wedge said of making the switch back to League. "But I like to have multiple options there for the ninth." The Mariners' offense has gotten a boost from the return of outfielder Casper Wells, who was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma last week and is 6-for-12 with a homer since. "He's off to a great start since he's been back here," Wedge said. "He worked really hard down in Triple-A, spent a lot of time in the cage. The thing with Casper is just slowing his lower half down with that leg kick. ... When he does that, it frees him with the upper half and allows him to use his hands better." D-backs: Gibson optimistic about Drew
Injured D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew is nearing 11 months since he last played in the big leagues, after hurting himself sliding into home plate on July 20. He suffered a spiral fracture of his right ankle and damage to three ligaments, which led to a very difficult rehab process, but Arizona manager Kirk Gibson appeared pleased when talking about Drew on Sunday. "I'm optimistic that he's getting closer," Gibson said. The D-backs have allowed just 26 walks in their 15 June games, the fewest in the Major Leagues. In total, Arizona pitchers are 9-6 with a 2.98 ERA this month. Worth noting
The Mariners lead the all-time series against the D-backs, 13-5, with Seattle having won seven straight since 2001. In three career games against Seattle, Arizona right fielder Justin Upton is hitting .455 with a homer and three RBIs. The Mariners are 6-6 in Interleague Play this season. They are riding a streak of 12 consecutive seasons with a record of .500 or better against the National League.