Just another day at the ballpark for former Tiger star Brad Miller

Mariners' rookie shortstop hits first two major league homers to propel Seattle past Astros

Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller drives the ball to right field for a three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during a baseball game Friday, July 19, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller drives the ball to right field for a three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during a baseball game Friday, July 19, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

Three-for-five, two homers, five RBIs and a walk. Plus a dazzling double play.

Just another day at the ballpark for Brad Miller.

Just like Class A, AA and AAA, and, for that matter, Clemson.

For Miller, the future is now.

Seventeen games into his major league career, the former Clemson All-American and ACC player of the year continues to carve out his niche in the Seattle Mariners' lineup.

On Friday he became the first player in franchise history to drive in four or more runs in two of his first 17 games.

His homers - both shots to right field - were the first of his career. He boosted his batting average to .273, and has also walked eight times, has five doubles, two triples and a dozen RBIs. He has a .351 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging average.

He continues to impress with his glove, as well. In Friday night's game against the Astros, he moved to left to field a fourth-inning grounder by Houston's J.D. Martinez and flipped the ball with his glove to second baseman Nick Franklin, who then doubled up Martinez at first.

“I stretched out and I felt the only shot I had was to flip it,’’ Miller told the Seattle Times. “Franky barehanded it and we were able to turn it. That was pretty sweet.”

Miller's 3-for-5, two-homer game broke a personal mini-slump. He had gone just 1-for-12 in a three-game series against the Angels, after going 8-for-19 with six RBIs in the four-game set against Boston.

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