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BAL@SEA: Saunders strikes out Jones to finish off O's

There's no place like home for Mariners left-hander Joe Saunders.

The veteran is 2-0 with a 0.81 ERA in three starts at Safeco Field this season and 8-0 with a 1.75 ERA in 12 career outings in Seattle. That's a stark contrast to his numbers in four road outings this year, where he has gone 0-4 with a 12.54 ERA.

He'll look to keep up those unbelievable stats as the A's and Mariners square off in Seattle for Sunday's series finale.

While the Mariners would like those road numbers to improve, the team is happy that Saunders has shown how he's capable of pitching.

"It's in there. I think he's had a couple fluke outings here where he's been snakebit a little and it's kind of dominoed on him. But you know he knows how to get big league hitters out," manager Eric Wedge said. "I like his stuff. I like the fastball and the changeup working off it, the breaking ball. You know the guy knows how to pitch."

Meanwhile, Tommy Milone will be on the hill for the A's looking to snap his four-game losing streak.

The left-hander took a tough-luck loss on Tuesday, allowing just one unearned run on five hits in seven innings in a 1-0 loss to the Indians.

Run support has been a huge issue for Milone in his last four starts, with the A's managing to plate just five runs in those contests. So, while Milone is 3-4 on the season, he has the rotation's lowest ERA at 3.13.

"Milone pitched great," A's manager Bob Melvin said after his last start. "It's disappointing when you can't get him a run or two to give him a win after pitching like that. But no, he was terrific."

A's: Young on track to return Wednesday
Outfielder Chris Young is scheduled to get some at-bats in Arizona beginning Monday, which puts him on track to return from the disabled list when eligible on Wednesday.

The rehabbing Young will travel to Arizona on Sunday and participate in extended spring games the following two days to ensure his strained left quad is no longer an issue.

Meanwhile, Coco Crisp "is feeling better," Melvin said Saturday, and could begin running the bases within the next few days. Whether he needs a rehab assignment is not yet known. Josh Reddick, however, is simply getting treatment on his sprained wrist.

Mariners: Pryor making progress
Reliever Stephen Pryor played short catch from 45 feet on Saturday for the third time this week as he begins his rehab from a torn right latissimus dorsi muscle behind his right shoulder.

Pryor is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list as soon as he's fully recovered, but that likely will not be until June at the earliest.

"I've been playing catch, doing a lot of lower-body workouts," he said. "But that's about it for now. I think I'm right on schedule. I don't know what that means as far as getting on the mound, but hopefully in the next few weeks."

Worth noting
• Saunders is 13-6 with a 3.57 ERA in 21 career starts against the A's. That win total is his most against any opponent.

• A's lefty Brett Anderson (right ankle) will be limited to 85 pitches for his rehab start with Double-A Midland on Sunday. Comments