Veteran Torii Hunter has played in enough stretch runs to know that it's no time to look past today's game. So even if the Angels are playing the last-place Mariners this weekend, there's no anticipating upcoming series against the A's, the Tigers and the A's again. "That's one thing we're not doing," Hunter said. "We're not looking forward. We're looking at it one game at a time and that's what we've been telling ourselves -- this is one game at a time, one at-bat at a time, and focus on the task at hand. That's 100 percent of what we're trying to do." Mariners: Gutierrez back in form
Franklin Gutierrez has played well since he returned from the disabled list following a concussion, batting .333 (6-for-18) in five games, including an RBI double Saturday. He's also played solid defense in center field. "Just a different team with him in the lineup," Wedge said. "I think he has a calming presence about him, whether it be hitting at the top of our order, or of course in center field or just being active and in the clubhouse around the guys with his experience level." Worth noting
The Angels maintain an 8-4 lead in the season series heading into Sunday's matchup. The two teams finish up their work against each other with six of the last nine games of the season -- Sept. 25-27 in Anaheim and a season-ending Oct. 1-3 series in Seattle. Following Sunday's finale, the Angels head to Oakland to face their AL West nemesis thus far this season, meeting the A's for three games starting with a Labor Day afternoon game. The Mariners, meanwhile, host the Red Sox for three games, also starting with a day game on Monday.