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From 1999: “Roof Opener” (Synopsis: Edgar drives a convertible that has a remote control for Safeco Field’s retractable roof.)

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Don’t look now, but the Seattle Mariners are on top of the American League West

The Seattle Mariners notched their tenth win of the season tonight, having won eight of their last eleven games. They now lead the American League West.

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Seattle Mariners lead AL West

This isn’t necessarily going to last, so enjoy it while you can.

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We said from the start that Kuma was a priority for us… Obviously, the developments from the last few days allowed us to get back in the game. It’s a credit to our ownership; to Howard Lincoln, to Kevin Mather, to our entire ownership group that we were able to get aggressive and find a way to bring Kuma back to the Mariners. We’re all thrilled. This is a big move for us. We feel like this really puts a finishing touch on what we think has been a very productive off-season.

— Seattle Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto, confirming that the team has re-signed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma to a one-year contract with vesting options for 2017 and 2018. The news was officially confirmed on the team’s Twitter account.

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Hated Texas Ranger to
Player I’m glad we didn’t sign last year to
Player I’m annoyed we overpaid for this year to
Player I’m reconciled to having on the team to
Player whose early home runs I like to
Player I’m beginning to love to
“Where’s my Cruz jersey!?”

A Lookout Landing commenter’s ode to Nelson Cruz, following the Mariners’ improbable 11-10 win over the Texas Rangers earlier today. Cruz had two home runs and batted in the game’s winning run with a single in the bottom of the ninth.

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ESPN commentators pick Mariners and Dodgers for 2015 World Series

ESPN’s Adnan Virk and Doug Glanville explain why they believe we may see a World Series matchup between the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Royals head to World Series after sweeping Orioles in ALCS

The Kansas City Royals have done something remarkable: They have won eleven straight games – including four games that went to extra innings – to earn a trip to the World Series next week. The Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics in the sudden death, wild-card playoff round, then proceeded to sweep the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS and the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS.

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Mariners are seriously angling for the playoffs

The Seattle Mariners’ performance in the second half of the season is starting to turn heads, even in New York and Los Angeles. The LA Times’ Kevin Baxter filed this report on the Mariners’ hopes of making the postseason for the first time in more than a decade. The M’s continued their winning ways today with a 4-2 victory over the last-place Texas Rangers. They’ll go for a sweep of the Rangers tomorrow.

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I think we just got the last blow in… That’s what happened, because they were coming back and we came back and they came back, and we were able to hold on.

— Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, speaking after the M’s completed their first-ever sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, winning three gritty games.

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Mariners extend winning streak, defeat Detroit Tigers to own second wild card spot

Right now, the Seattle Mariners are doing something they haven’t done in years: Win the games that count in August, the second to last month of the season. And not only are they winning, they’re contending for the playoffs.

After a homestand in which they only lost one game (a game that went into extra innings), the Mariners are now back on the road. (Prior to the homestand, they had been winning more games on the road than at home).

Fittingly, they’re in Detroit, the team that was – prior to today – tied with the Mariners for the second wild card spot.

Now that spot belongs to the M’s after a 7-2 victory over the Tigers. James Paxton made the start for the Mariners and did a decent job. The M’s offense continued to deliver, bringing in seven runs on eleven hits.

Tomorrow, King Felix of the Mariners will be squaring off against David Price of the Tigers. Television pundits are promoting it as a matchup for the ages. Maybe it won’t be that, but it does promise to be a great game, and also the pivotal, decisive game of the series. If the Mariners win, they’ll have taken the series from Detroit and bolstered their position in the standings. Detroit, of course, would like to avoid precisely that. Both teams have every reason to want to play hard and win.

Lookout Landing has a good preview of the Mariners/Tigers series.

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We’re playing really good baseball. That’s what I want. I want a playoff here in Seattle. That will be awesome. That will be great… I’ll probably throw ninety-seven again because of the adrenaline.

— Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, speaking to Seattle Times sports writer Larry Stone (‘King Felix’ as loyal as his subjects over past ten years).

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