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TOR@KC: Morrow works 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball

Mariners right-hander Kevin Millwood has struggled his last two outings. The Blue Jays offense has been in a rut this season, especially the last few games.

One would think something has to give when Millwood takes the mound on Saturday against Toronto. Ask the veteran righty, and he doesn't think he's far off from turning in an effective start.

"I feel like I've been able to work through some stuff on the side and [I've] just [been] talking to [pitching coach Carl Willis]," Millwood said. "Looking back on either game, it came down to one inning. I just need to make sure if things start to go sideways a little, I know what I need to do in the game to get back where I need to be.

"It's not the first time I've had a couple rough ones. But it's kind of what makes this game great. It's not easy to go out and be right every time. It's trying to figure out how to get people out when you're not quite right. That's the beauty of the game, I guess."

On the flip side, the Blue Jays' offense could use a poor outing from Millwood to kick-start what has been a disappointing beginning to the season. Coming off a three-game series with Baltimore in which they scored just three runs, Toronto showed some offense in the series opener with five runs on 11 hits. Manager John Farrell believes the offensive woes will continue to be solved as the Blue Jays press less at the plate.

"Not to try to do more than they've previously shown and that's going to be relying on their pregame routine, addressing the game situation as it unfolds," he said. "I think it's human nature that when some guys struggle, others feel like they've got to do more to pick up the slack. I think that's when it can become a situation where guys start to expand the strike zone or over-swing the bat."

Mariners: Bullpen's scoreless streak snapped
• The Mariners' bullpen had their streak of 10 consecutive innings pitched without allowing a run snapped on Friday. Tom Wilhelmsen gave up two runs, one earned, in one inning against the Blue Jays. Coincidentally, Wilhelmsen was the last Seattle reliever to give up a run, allowing two runs last Sunday against the White Sox.

• Kyle Seager received his third consecutive day off Friday, as Alex Liddi once again started at third base. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Seager -- who pinch-hit in the ninth inning Friday -- will be back in the lineup on Saturday. Wedge said Seager's absence was so other players could get a chance, as well as to give the youngster time to work on his swing.

Blue Jays: Production from starters
Ricky Romero lasted 6 2/3 innings on Friday against the Mariners, making it the 22nd straight game a Toronto starter has worked at least five innings. It is the Blue Jays' longest streak since July 21-Aug. 19 of 2007 (27 starts). The White Sox hold the longest current streak in the Major Leagues at 25.

Worth noting
• Francisco Cordero blew his first save of the season in Friday's 9-5 loss to the Mariners. Cordero is now two 2-for-3 in save opportunities this year and sits at 329 for his career. His next save will tie him for 11th on the all-time list with John Wetteland.

• Michael Saunders' go-ahead grand slam Friday at Toronto was the first of his career and the first for Seattle this season.

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