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MIN@CLE: Gibson dominates Indians over seven frames

When Chris Young agreed to a one-year contract with the Mariners near the end of Spring Training, he signed a 45-day consent form that allowed the club to pay a pro-rated portion of the deal if it decided to release him before the 45 days expired.

Earlier this week, that deadline came and went without Seattle making a move, which means Young will start Friday night in Minnesota when the team opens a three-game series against the Twins.

The decision was a testament to Young's incredible start to 2014 after he missed all of last season recovering from surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, a nerve disease that creates pain in the shoulders and neck.

In seven appearances, six starts, Young is 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 37 2/3 innings. It took him just 93 pitches to go eight innings last week in a 3-1 win over the Royals. Young allowed just three hits and a run. He struck out three and walked none.

Before Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Rays, manager Lloyd McClendon said Young and No. 2 starter Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0, 1.59 ERA) had both exceeded his expectations on a Mariners staff that finished Wednesday ranked fourth in the AL with a 3.53 ERA.

"If you look at it, it's real similar; neither one of them had much of a Spring Training," McClendon said. "To do what they're doing is really remarkable, and I hope they keep doing it."

Young will be opposed by Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson, who in last week's 9-3 loss to the Tigers had his shortest outing in 17 career starts. Gibson lasted just two innings and allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk, as his ERA spiked from 3.50 to 4.74 and his record dropped to 3-3.

Entering that game, the former first-round Draft pick out of the University of Missouri was the only full-time starter in MLB who had yet to give up a home run this season. But that streak ended when first baseman Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run shot in Detroit's six-run second inning.

"I got behind a lot of guys and was forced to throw over the middle, and this is a team where you can't do that," he told reporters after the game. "I threw some breaking pitches over the middle in those first two innings, so it's frustrating. But there's a lot to learn from it, and I'll go on to the next one."

Mariners: Morrison nearing return
Injured outfielder Logan Morrison will travel with the Mariners on their five-game trip as he makes his way back from the right hamstring injury that has sidelined him since the middle of April. Before he landed on the 15-day disabled list, Morrison was just 3-of-20 (.150) -- all singles.

About two weeks ago, Morrison aggravated the injury while running the bases, but on Monday he resumed running drills with the hope that he could soon head to Triple-A Tacoma for a rehab assignment.

How soon?

"Let me put it this way: He'll take full advantage of the rehab situation," McClendon said Wednesday. "When he's deemed healthy, he's deemed healthy. He had a tear in there, and it's gotta heal. When they say he's healthy, I'm not really worried about anything. He's not a burner by any means."

Twins: Working the count
Entering Wednesday's series finale against the Red Sox, the Twins were averaging 4.17 pitches-per-plate appearance, most in the Major Leagues.

In all, they had seen 6,156 pitches, which trailed the totals of only the Oakland Athletics (6,249) and the Dodgers (6,179).

How's the offense been lately?

Twins hitters were batting .288 (40-for-139) and had scored a combined 17 runs in the club's past four games prior to Wednesday.

Worth noting
• Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has reached base in 23 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in MLB. During it, he is hitting .337 (30-for-89) with 11 runs, six doubles, a triple and 14 RBIs.

• In his past 14 games, Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley is 14-of-41 (.341) with seven runs, two doubles, three home runs and six RBIs.

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