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By TIM BOOTH AP
Sports Writer

SEATTLE - An underperforming offense, mixed with dominating pitching has left the Seattle Mariners at the All-Star break with a surprising record, mixed with a tinge of missed opportunity.

It's created a murky definition for the 43-48 Mariners who before the year appeared headed for a rough season trying to bridge a troubled past with the promise of young stars and a bright future. But as the second half begins on Thursday night at home against AL West-leading Texas, Seattle faces a balance between taking advantage of its pitching staff and attempting to be a contender, or continuing its youth movement toward 2012.

The final week before the All-Star break could have sealed which direction the Mariners head in the second half, with five straight losses that dropped Seattle 7½ games back in the division. They begin the second half with a brutal 13-game stretch - four at home versus Texas, then a road trip to Toronto, Boston and the New York Yankees.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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