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August 16, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Mariners tie last year’s win total

Today’s 10-3 victory against New York didn’t only salvage something from this four-game series with New York. With their 61st victory, the Mariners tied last year’s win total — in 44 fewer games.
“This year, we play together,” said Jose Lopez, one of the few remaining players from the disastrous 61-101 team last season that became the first $100 million team to lose 100 games.
Certainly, the biggest moves were the acquisitions of Franklin Gutierrez, a huge upgrade from the platoon in center last season, and Russell Branyan, who has helped Seattle forget about Richie Sexson. But also consider the Mariners’ league-leading 3.97 ERA, led by the resurgence of recently-departed starter Jarrod Washburn and the breakthrough All-Star season for Felix Hernandez.
Injuries and trades have left the Mariners with mostly an unproven rotation and a lineup that is average at best, but one thing is for certain: this team cannot be any worse that last year.
“The No. 1 goal we came in this year was to regain the confidence of the fans,” manager Don Wakamatsu said. “You watch us play, and that’s what I’m most proud of, that we don’t give in and we play hard.”

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