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Mariners close in on A’s with win

SEATTLE – Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales and Logan Morrison homered, and the Mariners beat Oakland 4-2 on Friday night to pull within a half-game of the Athletics for the top spot in the A.L. wild card chase. Oakland has seen nearly all of its wild card lead disappear, going 3-12 over its last 15 games. Kansas City and Seattle are tied.

Young yanked in first

OAKLAND, Calif. – Maybe the outcome might have been different. Maybe if the air was just a little cooler Monday, or if the game at a sold-out O.Co Coliseum was played at night instead in the bright, hitter-friendly afternoon warmth, the ball carries just six inches less and Austin Jackson makes the catch.

Young pulled in first inning as Mariners tumble

Chris Young of the Mariners failed to pitch out of the first inning, giving up five runs and the game being done almost as quickly as it started in a 6-1 Oakland Athletics win.

A’s agree to 10-year lease to stay in Oakland

The Athletics have agreed to a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland, the team and city officials announced Tuesday. After reviewing several modifications made by the Oakland City Council last week, team owner Lew Wolff said he agreed to the terms of the lease to keep the team playing at the Oakland Coliseum. The deal must still be approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on July 29. The board has previously announced its support. As part of the new lease, city leaders say the team agrees to stay in Oakland for at least two years and face a $1.6 million per year penalty if leave they before the lease is up. The Coliseum has hosted the A’s since 1968, but the facility has recently had sewage and lighting problems. – Associated Press

A’s, Giants give Bay Area high hopes for playoffs

The small-budget Oakland Athletics are baseball’s best team at the break in a division featuring some of the sport’s highest-paid stars. The San Francisco Giants are right in the chase for the N.L. West title despite recent stumbles. Bay Area baseball has delivered a stellar first half. It’s only mid-July and there is already talk of a special October and, perhaps, the first Bay Bridge Series since 1989.

Mariners lose, but in fine shape at break

Despite a 4-1 loss the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon says he’s extremely pleased with the way his team finished the first half of the season.

Iwakuma shines in Mariners 6-2 win over A’s

SEATTLE – On a night when his bobblehead found the hands of the first 20,000 spectators at Safeco Field, Hisashi Iwakuma pitched a nearly flawless baseball game. He was not named an All-Star this year, but he looked like one. Iwakuma mostly breezed through 8 2/3 innings, muzzling an A’s offense that is one of the best in baseball, and driving the Mariners to a 6-2 victory Saturday in front of 39,204 people.

Steady Iwakuma shackles A’s in Mariners win

Hisashi Iwakuma mostly breezed through 82/3 innings, muzzling an A’s offense that is one of the best in baseball, and driving the Mariners to a 6-2 victory Saturday.

MLB notes: Derek Jeter returns to the scene of the flip

Derek Jeter has never understood the fuss over his famous flip. The New York Yankees shortstop just looks back on that moment in Game 3 of the 2001 A.L. division series as being in the right position and making an improvisational play when his team needed it most. All the attention over the flip so many years later is what surprises him the most.

Roenis Elias wins second straight as Mariners beat A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. – Rookie Roenis Elias struck out six while pitching into the seventh to win consecutive starts for the first time, Justin Smoak drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Tuesday night for their season-best fourth straight victory. Smoak hit an RBI double and Dustin Ackley an RBI single in the first to back Elias (3-2), who followed up a 10-strikeout gem at Yankee Stadium his last time out with another impressive start.

Roenis Elias wins second straight as Mariners beat A’s

Rookie Roenis Elias struck out six while pitching into the seventh to win consecutive starts for the first time, Justin Smoak drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Tuesday night for their season-best fourth straight victory.

Mariners crisp in win over A’s

Stefen Romero hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the fifth inning, Chris Young pitched six strong innings, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Monday night for their third straight victory and eighth in 10 games.

Sonny Gray stymies Mariners in Oakland win

Sonny Gray overcame a shaky start to allow one run in seven innings, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics won for the fifth time in six games by beating the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Saturday night.

King Felix silences A’s in Mariners’ victory

Felix Hernandez took a shutout into the eighth inning, Mike Zunino and Brad Miller both homered and the Seattle Mariners held on for a 6-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

Arroyo signs with Arizona, Crisp extended in Oakland

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Bronson Arroyo agreed on a two-year, $23.5 million contract with a club option for a third. Team president Derrick Hall confirmed the deal Friday afternoon. The right-handed Arroyo, who turns 37 in two weeks, has a 138-127 record with a 4.91 ERA. He pitched the last eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds before becoming a free agent. Last year, Arroyo was 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA. Also Friday, center fielder Coco Crisp agreed to a new contract with the Oakland Athletics. The deal keeps Crisp in Oakland for an additional two seasons – through 2016 – and adds $22.75 million in guaranteed money. – AP

Oakland hits four home runs, beats Mariners 6-3

SEATTLE – In a game that pitted the pitchers with the two lowest earned-run averages in the history of Safeco Field, balls flew out of the ballpark at a surprising rate. But in the end, four homers by the Oakland Athletics trumped one by the Mariners, and Oakland handed Seattle a 6-3 loss on Friday that dropped them a season-worst 11 games under .500.