Eric Wedge

Mariners are seriously angling for the playoffs

Mariners are seriously angling for the playoffs

The Angels have the most victories in the major leagues and the second-place Oakland Athletics are leading the American League wild-card race. Yet, neither has been the best team in the AL West over the last five weeks.

Since July 26, no team in the division has played as well as the Seattle Mariners, who began play Saturday in position to earn their first postseason berth since Ichiro Suzuki's rookie season. They've gotten there with phenomenal pitching, the kind that could pave the way for a lengthy playoff run.

"We've been thinking a long time about playoffs," said Rick Waits, the Mariners' first-year pitching coach. "A lot of times it doesn't matter which...

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