Oakland (29-39) at Seattle (31-36)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Mon Jun 20, 2005
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The Seattle Mariners knew what they were getting when they picked up veteran right-hander Aaron Sele during spring training. Now, they’re reaping the benefits of their decision.

Sele bids for his fifth win in six starts, third in a row and team-high seventh of the season when the rejuventated Mariners open a four-game series with the visiting Oakland Athletics.

Sele got an invitation to Mariners camp after three mediocre years with the Los Angeles Angels. He enjoyed a 32-15 run with Seattle from 2000-01, and was hoping to latch on with his former team as a fifth starter.

Sele started out the season in the bullpen, but was in the rotation by mid-April, going 2-4 in his first six starts. However, he has lost just once in his last six outings, and is coming off Wednesday’s 5-1 victory over Philadelphia in which he allowed one run and eight hits over six solid innings.

Over his last two outings, Sele has yielded just one run and 13 hits over 13 innings. He leads the Seattle staff with a 3.79 ERA. He has a 1.56 ERA over his last six starts.

“It’s something as simple as sitting down with (pitching coach) Bryan Price, looking at some video tape and making some mechanical adjustments,” Sele said.

“For me, I was pitching up in the zone. When you pitch down in the zone, you get groundballs. I’m a contact pitcher. I’m going to give up some hits, but when you can back up that with some double plays that’s great. And if you don’t walk a lot of guys, that’s a formula you can pitch with.”

Sele’s run has sparked the Mariners, who have won five of their last six games, including a weekend sweep of the visiting New York Mets. Seattle has 10 wins this month after going 9-18 in May and has won six of its last seven series.

Seattle pounded out a season-high 17 hits in Sunday’s 11-5 victory over New York, improving to 5-1 on its 10-game homestand.

The A’s, who are last in the AL West, have also come on of late, winning five of their last seven games, including Sunday’s 5-2 victory over Philadelphia.

Rookie Joe Blanton pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Eric Chavez homered for Oakland, which completed a 4-2 homestand.

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14-12 Record 6-12
3.73 ERA 5.66
163 K 53
53 BB 41
1.22 WHIP 1.62