"I think the outs are tougher. Look, the lineups are deeper. The DHs in the American League, the DHs are animals," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. "Those are tough outs. There really are no easy outs in the American League."
"I said about three weeks ago the 'Bear' was back and he's only getting better," McClendon said. "It's nice to see because I think this is probably the longest stretch I've had him where he's been truly healthy and the ball is coming out and the velocity is back. He can work down in the zone, he can elevate the fastball. That's what makes him special."