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DET@MIN: Deduno fans six over seven-plus to earn win

Mariners righty Blake Beavan has made the most of his second stint with Seattle this season. Since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on July 17, Beavan has pitched well, going 4-1 with a 4.02 ERA in six starts.

Beavan has surrendered just two walks during that span, compared to 24 strikeouts. The only real blemish on his record since rejoining the team came in his last outing, when he gave up four runs in the third inning last Monday against the Rays.

"It was just good for me to bounce back and just do what I should have been doing all game, which is making pitches and executing pitches like I know how to," Beavan said after that loss. "Should have been a totally different game if I can just execute a pitch here and there and make a quality pitch, instead of just a pitch that was average."

Sunday presents another opportunity for Beavan to continue his recent success when he takes the mound at Safeco Field as the Mariners go for a sweep of the Twins.

Minnesota will counter with rookie righty Samuel Deduno, who has been impressive in his own right since joining the Twins' rotation in early July. Deduno has been a pleasant surprise for Minnesota, going 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA in seven starts.

Despite being effective, he has struggled with control. Deduno has issued 19 walks in his last four starts, and has walked 30 in 40 innings of work.

"He's the prototypical effectively wild pitcher," Twins teammate Ryan Doumit said after Deduno's last outing. "He's always going to be like that. He's always going to be a high-strikeout, high-walk kind of guy. But if he can harness it -- you don't see too many pitchers with natural movement like that -- it's a testament to him."

Twins: Revere could return for finale
• Outfielders Denard Span and Ben Revere both missed Saturday's game due to injuries, but Revere could be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale.

Span has been sidelined since last Sunday with a shoulder injury, but has been taking swings in the cage and is throwing. Monday appears to be his likely return date.

Revere rolled his ankle on Wednesday and has been out of the lineup since. He was available to come off the bench on Saturday and is likely to start Sunday.

"Revere feels better [Saturday]," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He still has some bruising and swelling in his ankle."

Mariners: Wedge looking for right mix in outfield
• Seattle manager Eric Wedge continues to mix and match in the outfield, in hopes of finding the best possible lineup as the season draws to a close.

Trayvon Robinson was in the lineup again on Saturday and has seen a lot of starts since being recalled from Triple-A. Although Casper Wells also started Saturday, his playing time has been scarce since the Mariners acquired Eric Thames before the Trade Deadline. Still, Wedge continues to juggle the playing time for the three.

"I think that when you look at Trayvon, he's been giving us good at-bats," Wedge said. "Gives us a chance to see Eric, as well, he's had some big hits for us. Still trying to get Casper in there against the left-handers, but he's just struggled as of late, so trying to put the best lineup out there."

Worth noting
• The Mariners have won 11 of their last 12 games at Safeco Field.

• The Twins have lost four straight games against the Mariners after taking the first meeting of the season between the two clubs. Comments