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Worth noting

• Pitchers James Paxton (strained lat) and Taijuan Walker (shoulder impingement) both were fine on Monday after throwing bullpen sessions Sunday, according to manager Lloyd McClendon, and are on schedule to throw again Wednesday. Both are on the 15-day disabled list, with Paxton having now thrown two bullpens and Walker one as they work their way toward simulated games and eventually Minor League rehab stints before rejoining the club.

Fernando Rodney was tied for first in the American League with 11 saves going into Monday's series opener against his former Rays team. Rodney acknowledged having extra motivation against the Rays.

"They didn't sign me back," said Rodney, who saved 85 games for Tampa Bay the past two years. "Now Seattle gave me a chance and I'm going to show them I'm ready to continue in that role."

• Left fielder Dustin Ackley hit three home runs in three consecutive plate appearances on Saturday and Sunday, matching his home run total from his previous 58 games dating back to last season.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog.
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