Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/4/12

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez talks to fans before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at SAFECO Field in Seattle on July 8, 2009. Hernandez was selected to his first All Star Game. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant) Photo via Newscom

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The Seattle Mariners had a chance to drop off the .500 radar when they lost the first two games of the weekend series to the Los Angeles Angels. All the more so because the Los Angeles crew was able to rally to beat staff ace Felix Hernandez on Saturday, ending a nine-game winning streak for the right-hander. But the Mariners came back the next day with 7 1/3 shutout innings from Hisashi Iwakuma and Monday with seven one-run innings from Jason Vargas, and just like that, Seattle is only four games under .500. The Mariners beat the reeling Boston Red Sox 4-1 Monday in the series opener at Safeco Field. There's no gold medal for a .500 finish in baseball, and in the red-hot American League West, a .500 record is still likely to leave a team in last place. But considering where the Mariners have been, .500 would be an excellent finish to the season. One game into the second half of the season back on July 13, the Mariners were 16 games under .500. They've trimmed that deficit b...
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