Franklin, Miller go back a long way
SEATTLE -- If young Mariners shortstop Brad Miller and second baseman Nick Franklin seem to have a natural comfort level together, there's a reason. The rookies have known each other since their high school days in Orlando, Fla., where they grew up about 20 minutes apart.
Miller, 23, was a year ahead of Franklin, 22, in school, but the two played together on a traveling all-star team when Miller was a sophomore in high school, and then for another four or five games together on the Diamond Club area all-star team in Miller's senior year.
"We have a lot of mutual friends and things, so just having those connections and talking about back home is pretty cool," Miller said. "For sure, I think it has to have helped. It's been easy for us, because we're both learning and helping each other out with all the ins and outs. It's been good."
Despite their inexperience, the duo has benefited from communicating well and leaning on each other in their first weeks in the big leagues.
"It's absolutely better than anything," Franklin said. "If you've played or known or played against somebody, it's kind of cool. If you've got a guy you've never played with before, which is usually the case, you have to get used to them. It's to our advantage to have that and know what we can do. We trust each other and don't have to worry about getting a perfect feed or whatever. We have that trust."
Acting manager Robby Thompson said the two have benefited from the help of veteran shortstop Brendan Ryan.
"Brendan has actually helped them pregame," Thompson said. "Brendan is one of those guys who likes to pass on his knowledge, whether it be fielding or thinking through the game. He's done a really good job with the young guys. Would he like to be playing? Of course he would. But he's not sulking. He's helping out the best he can, and he's ready to play at any point in time.
"But the two of those guys [Miller and Franklin] communicate very well and they're playing at a higher level right now. They've been impressive what they've done so far, not only offensively, but defensively as well."
The pair combined on two of Seattle's three double plays in Wednesday's 10-1 loss to the Indians.
No TV broadcast for Saturday's Mariners game
SEATTLE -- Saturday's 1:10 p.m. PT game against the Twins at Safeco Field will be the only Mariners game not televised this season by either ROOT or FOX.
The game will be played in the normal FOX window for Saturday games, but is not being picked up by the network.
Non-FOX games are normally played at 6:10 p.m. PT on Saturdays so that ROOT can pick up the broadcast, but in this case the team agreed to the earlier start time in cooperation with the City of Seattle because of the Seafair Torchlight Parade in downtown Seattle on Saturday night.
The game will be available on MLB.TV to its subscribers and will be broadcast on ESPN 710 radio in Seattle and the normal Mariners Radio Network.
The Mariners won eight games in a row entering Wednesday's game against the Indians.
• Right fielder Michael Morse went 1-for-2 with a double in his second rehab game with Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday as he continues rehabbing a strained right hamstring. Morse is 2-for-6 with a home run, double, two runs and two RBIs in his first two games with the Rainiers.
• First-round Draft pick DJ Peterson was promoted from Class A Everett to Class A Advanced Clinton on Tuesday after batting .312 with six home runs and 27 RBIs in 29 games.