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NYY@SEA: Millwood fans five over seven strong innings

Mariners fans get to experience a blast from the past prior to Saturday's game against the Royals at Safeco Field.

Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony shown live on at 12:30 p.m. PT.

Johnson, one of baseball's all-time great pitchers, spent 10 seasons in Seattle, compiling a 130-74 mark with a 3.42 ERA. Johnson threw 51 complete games, the same number he wore on his back during much of his time with the Mariners. He was a five-time All-Star and won the 1995 American League Cy Young Award with Seattle. In that Cy Young season, he went 18-2, leading the AL with a 2.48 ERA and 294 strikeouts.

Wilson, Johnson's battery mate for five seasons, was with the Mariners for a total of 12 years, posting a .262 batting average and hitting 88 home runs. He was an AL All-Star in 1996, when he batted .285 with career highs in home runs (18) and RBIs (83).

The Mariners hope that, with Johnson in the house, he can inspire starter Kevin Millwood. The two pitchers were both members of the 1999 National League All-Star team, when Johnson pitched for the Diamondbacks and Millwood for the Braves.

Millwood had a rough outing when he faced the Royals on July 18, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits in five innings of a no-decision.

"My start in Kansas City wasn't very good, but other than that I feel like I've thrown the ball pretty well," Millwood said. "I've been trying to mix it up a little more in the second half, but all in all I feel strong and my pitches are working well. It's just the results haven't been there, at least in the win column anyway."

Millwood was much better last time out against the Yankees on Monday -- allowing just three runs on nine hits over seven innings. He did earn the loss, though, as the Mariners' offense scored just once. Millwood hasn't won since defeating the Rangers on May 23, mostly due to lack of run support.

"There's nothing you can do about that. You just keep going out there, trying to give your team a chance," said the 37-year-old veteran. "I don't worry about things I can't control. All I can control is trying to throw the ball where I want to."

Opposing Millwood will be another veteran, Bruce Chen. The Royals lefty had a good outing last time out against the Angels on Monday, holding the Halos to three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. But Chen hasn't won in July, and his longevity has been a concern. He hasn't made it out of the sixth inning so far this month, and twice pitching fewer than five innings.

Chen is 4-0 in his career against the Mariners.

Royals: Double plays keep coming
• The Royals turned a pair of double plays Friday night against Seattle and have 112 twin-killings on the season, ranking second in the Major Leagues behind Minnesota's 117.

Mike Moustakas has had a hand in 32 of those double plays, the most of any big league third baseman entering play on Friday.

• Second baseman Johnny Giavotella, currently at Triple-A Omaha, had his 21-game hitting streak snapped Friday night with an 0-for-4 performance in the Storm Chasers' 2-0 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Mariners: Wilhelmsen to the rescue
• Closer Tom Wilhelmsen has converted 12 of 13 saves this season, including all 12 since June 4, when he picked up his first big league save. Since then, he has allowed just one run in 23 1/3 innings for an ERA of 0.39. Hitters are batting just .159 against Wilhelmsen, and he's struck out 28 batters during that span.

• Millwood has an extensive history against former Mariner Yuniesky Betancourt. He's faced the Royals infielder 55 times over the course of their careers. Millwood certainly has the edge, holding Betancourt to a .176 batting average and just two RBIs.

Worth noting
• Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo has never picked up a hit against Chen in his career, going 0-for-10 with zero walks and two strikeouts.

• The Royals dropped to 1-5 in the season series with Friday's 6-1 loss. Comments