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SEATTLE - Kendrys Morales has rejoined the Seattle Mariners and says he's surprised to be back with his former team.

Morales was set to bat cleanup as the designated hitter Friday night at home against Baltimore.

The Mariners got Morales from Minnesota on Thursday in a trade for minor league pitcher Stephen Pryor.

Morales hit 23 home runs with 80 RBIs for the Mariners last season. He then turned down an offer to stay with Seattle, became a free agent and eventually signed with Minnesota on June 8.

The Mariners are in the middle of the AL wild-card race. The Twins are last in the AL Central.

The 31-year-old Morales hit just .234 with one home run and 18 RBIs in 39 games for Minnesota.

Morales says the trade came together quickly and that he's glad to be back with Seattle.

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