• McClendon said he'll likely name Sunday's starter in Miami on Friday. The spot is currently open after Beaven was placed on disabled list with a sore right shoulder. Beavan had been filling in for James Paxton, who strained an oblique muscle and is also on the DL. With Taijuan Walker now shut down at least two weeks with his own right shoulder issue and Hisashi Iwakuma still a few weeks away from returning from a sprained tendon on his right middle finger, the Mariners are thin on options.
Anthony Fernandez and Brandon Maurer are the only two pitchers at Tacoma who are on the Mariners' 40-man roster. Fernandez pitched Wednesday, so he's likely not available for Sunday, which leaves Maurer as the likely option. Maurer has a 2.16 ERA in four outings for Tacoma, but he is just building up his innings after a back injury limited him during the spring, and he has totaled just 8 1/3 innings over those four games.
• After striking out nine Rangers on Wednesday, Felix Hernandez took the Major League lead with 39 strikeouts after his first four games. The 39 strikeouts are the second most in Mariners history for the first four starts of a season behind the 41 of Randy Johnson in 1996.
• Since 2009, Hernandez now has 67 career starts in which he's allowed one or fewer runs in seven or more innings. The next-closest pitcher in that span is Cliff Lee with 56. Wednesday was the 27th time Fernandez has recorded a no-decision or loss in a start when he's accomplished that feat.