MLB: Next week's top series

Seattle at Texas, Monday-Thursday

It has been 13 years since the Mariners last made the playoffs. Their last winning season was 2009. Robinson Cano is off to a fast start. Seattle starters are pitching well. New to Texas: Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo.

St. Louis at Washington, Thursday-Sunday

National League champion Cardinals take on one of biggest flops of last season. Some power arms. Washington's Stephen Strasburg is coming off a 12-strikeout outing against Miami. St. Louis' Michael Wacha has a 0.71 earned-run average through two starts.

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