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Mariners win, but another Gutierrez setback

Jason Vargas out-pitched 15-game winner Jered Weaver, catcher Jesus Montero hit a pair of home runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels, 4-1, and flew home with a two-game win streak.

Given the way their trip was going - they were 1-6 after a Friday loss in which Felix Hernandez didn't hold a 5-0 lead - they'll take it.

What they weren't pleased with was the news on center fielder Franklin Gutierrez.

The plan was simple. After working out with the Everett Aqua Soxon Saturday, Gutierrez was going to begin a rehabilitation assignment there today. As has so often been the case with Gutierrez, it didn’t happen.

“We’ve had to put the breaks on Franklin,” manager Eric Wedge said. “He had a bad night (Saturday), headaches again. He won’t do anything until he sees our doctors (today).

"We’re hoping it’s just a medication change, but we don’t know. He was going to start his rehab today.”

Gutierrez, who missed most of the first two months of 2012 with a partially torn pectoral muscle, was hit in the head by a wild pick off thrown on June 28.  He hasn’t played since.

The concussion and its aftermath have cost him six weeks, and at this point the Mariners would love to have him back in September, but don’t know what to expect.

“Franklin has an impact on this team that you can see,” Wedge said. “He’s a right-handed bat who can hit anywhere in the lineup. He’s a great outfielder who changes our outfield immediately.

“If we’d have a different outfield, we’d have won a couple more games this trip. I’m hoping he’ll play a little winter ball to help him get ready for next year.

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