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LAA@SEA: Maurer shuts down Angels, fans six

Mariners right-hander Brandon Maurer comes into Saturday's start against the A's at Safeco Field well rested.

He'll be pitching on 10 days' rest after having his spot skipped in the rotation. He last pitched April 30 against the Orioles, allowing four runs on six hits in four innings for his fourth loss of the season.

Three off-days in that stretch also allowed manager Eric Wedge to use other starters ahead of Maurer (2-4, 6.07 ERA) and give the 22-year-old rookie some extra rest in his first season.

"It's all about him just being consistent and throwing his fastball where he wants to and throwing all of his pitches," Wedge said. "He's a young man, so to give him a little extra time, it's a good thing."

Meanwhile, Jarrod Parker will be on the hill for the A's looking to put his most recent struggles behind him. Parker has given up 50 hits, including eight home runs, and 18 walks in 34 1/3 innings this year.

The right-hander took a loss to the Indians on Monday to fall to 1-5 on the season with a 7.34 ERA, the fourth highest ERA in the Majors among pitchers with 30 or more innings pitched. He allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings before exiting with a neck strain.

The A's don't expect that injury to be an issue in Saturday's start, with A's manager Bob Melvin believing Parker has turned a corner.

"It's not like from the first pitch on we'll be worried about how his neck feels," Melvin said. "I think he goes out there and just worries about results. I think he's far enough along and feels good to where it's not something he'll be thinking about when he's out there. At least that's my expectation."

A's: Young nearing rehab assignment
An injury-riddled A's team could soon be welcoming back outfielder Chris Young, who is expected to begin a rehab assignment within a few days.

Young, nursing a strained left quad, could potentially be Arizona-bound this weekend should the A's decide he's ready to pick up a handful of at-bats in game action at extended spring camp. That puts Young on track to possibly return to the A's when eligible on Wednesday.

Coco Crisp, meanwhile, doesn't appear to be as close to rejoining the club, though he may not be too far behind, Melvin said Friday in Seattle.

"He's maybe a day or so away from running," Melvin said. "Once he starts to recover, based on my experience with him, it can be pretty quick. But no timetable as far as when we expect him back here."

Mariners: Gutierrez takes BP
Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez took batting practice on Friday as he continues to recover from a strained right hamstring that has sidelined him since April 22.

The 30-year-old is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list as soon as he's ready, but the Mariners are being cautious with the veteran.

"He's feeling pretty good," Wedge said. "He's been swinging the bat and he'll take some BP today. But we're not to the point where we're going to run him just yet. It's going to take some time for him to get back, but he's progressing."

Worth noting
• A's infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima (left hamstring) played nine innings for Sacramento on Friday, marking the first time he's played back-to-back days since his rehab stint began.

• Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma will move ahead of Aaron Harang in the Mariners' rotation and pitch Tuesday and Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, with Harang then throwing Thursday on eight days' rest.

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