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— During Kyle Seager’s decade as the starting third baseman in Seattle, his overwhelming desire was finding a way to end the Mariners' long postseason drought.
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— Mitch Haniger refused to let the Seattle Mariners unlikely run at postseason contention end with thud.
— After all the one-run games they've played this season, the Seattle Mariners were waiting for their next late-game hero to emerge.
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— Jarred Kelenic stood outside the Seattle Mariners dugout with the crowd roaring and holding a placard with a phrase borrowed from a popular television show.
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— Mitch Haniger hit his 100th home run and third in two games, and the Seattle Mariners pulled within a half-game of the second AL wild card berth by beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Tuesday night.
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— Mitch Haniger hit two identical three-run homers and the Seattle Mariners gained precious ground in the AL wild-card race with a 13-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer
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— Shohei Ohtani wasn't enough to keep the Los Angeles Angeles from their sixth straight losing season.
— Shohei Ohtani tripled in his first two at-bats and the Los Angeles Angels routed Seattle 14-1 on Saturday night, ending the Mariners’ six-game winning streak and damaging their playoff chances.
— Ty France homered, Jake Fraley scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error and the streaking Seattle Mariners held off the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 Friday night to keep pace in the AL wild-card chase.
— Chris Bassitt pitched three scoreless innings less than a month after surgery to repair facial fractures, but the Seattle Mariners rallied against Oakland's bullpen for a 6-5 victory Thursday and a four-game sweep that damaged the Athletics'...
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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer
Such an impressive year for the Mariners. They've won 4 straight, the last 3 against the A's, and sit 2 1/2 games out of a playoff spot at 83-69. The AL East might be too good for them to get in, but this is the type of leap they needed. And now they should really start spending.
— Seattle manager Scott Servais has said the Mariners might need a nice winning streak during the September stretch run to make a real postseason push.