Three times in the first five innings of the Mariners-Minnesota Twins game Monday night, an ominous black helicopter appeared and hovered above a building several blocks from Target Field. The United States Special Operations Command is conducting urban training missions here and in nearby St. Paul this week, and the helicopter appeared to be part of that force.

Were they training, or sneaking a free look at the game? With strong pairs of binoculars, the crew could have monitored Franklin Gutierrez's encouraging return to the Mariners after almost two months away with a concussion, plus more Felix Hernandez dominance.