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Mitch Haniger and Ben Gamel did their own artwork a few hours before first pitch Saturday, using a can of metallic Rust-Oleum spray paint to add a new shine to their cleats for the Turn Ahead The Clock Night uniforms.

Dee Gordon’s white cleats, decorated with stripes of metallic and burgundy, might have undergone the greatest (and coolest) transformation, color-coordinating his look with the Mariners’ promotional uniforms for the night.

Many of the Mariners players handed off their cleats to a clubhouse attendant, who would complete the “futuristic” look with a touch of new color. The aroma of spray paint lingered in and around the clubhouse.

Saturday’s promotion comes 20 years after Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez and the 1998 Mariners donned the sleeveless Turn Ahead uniforms in the Kingdome, an imagining of what baseball might look like in 2027.

The opponent that night 20 years ago was also the Kansas City Royals, who on Saturday night will again wear a specially designed uniform.

A sixth starter?

After throwing the first complete game of his career in Friday’s 4-1 victory over the Royals, Marco Gonzales has topped 100 innings pitched for the first time in his young career.

Gonzales threw a total of 40 innings in 2017, then a career high, a year after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Manager Scott Servais said the Mariners are monitoring Gonzales’ innings closely, and the plan is to try give the 26-year-old left-hander some extra rest around the All-Star break.

“We want to stay out ahead of it, be proactive instead of reactive on that type of stuff,” Servais said.

That thinking extends to the rest of the starting pitchers, too. Servais would like to give his starters some added rest as they approach the heart of the season, the goal to keep them as fresh as possible for a postseason push.

“It might be good for us to plug a sixth starter in there to give guys an extra day or two extra days,” he said. “We’re actually kicking a bunch of those ideas around right now.”

Veteran right-hander Christian Bergman, currently in Class AAA Tacoma, threw seven shutout innings in his one spot start for the Mariners in May. Servais also mentioned left-hander Roenis Elias, working out of the bullpen now, and right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (currently on the DL with a lat strain) as possible sixth starters.

“We’ve got some options,” Servais said.

Turn Ahead the Clock Night

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