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AL West preview: Angels in mix, but Mariners pick up talent, and buzz
AL West preview: Angels in mix, but Mariners pick up talent, and buzz

Lloyd McClendon sensed the momentum early in spring training, before exhibition games began. His Seattle Mariners were emerging as a trendy pick to win the American League West, and the second-year manager felt a little uncomfortable with the pressure that comes with a spotlight. "Don't pick us," McClendon said. "Let us stay under the radar." It's a little late for that. Nothing that transpired in Arizona over the last five weeks has reduced expectations for the Mariners, who finally have an offense to couple with superb pitching. Their middle-of-the-order trio of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager compares favorably to any in baseball. Seattle...

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