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SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners closed out the Eric Wedge era in familiar fashion Sunday afternoon, while the Oakland A's looked like they were ready to keep on going.

The A's cruised to a 9-0 win over Seattle in their final postseason tuneup. Oakland will host the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday.

The Mariners (71-91) closed out their fourth consecutive sub-.500 season in familiar fashion, with just five hits while getting shut out for the 10th time this season. It was their final game with Wedge at the helm, as the 45-year-old manager said last week that he would not be back next season.

The A's (96-55) closed out the regular season with their highest win total since 2003, and in Sunday's finale they did most of their damage early. Chris Young and Daric Barton both had two-run singles as Oakland built up an 8-0 lead through the first five innings.

Oakland starter Sonny Gray (5-3) pitched five scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and striking out eight before the A's bullpen took over to open the sixth.

The A's spent a good part of the game shuffling the lineup, with 14 different position players seeing time before the end of the sixth inning and several players getting familiar with multiple positions.

Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez (5-3) struggled out of the gate, with a lack of control leading to an early exit. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning but fell back into trouble in the top of the second. He allowed back-to-back walks to start the inning, then Young drove in a pair of runs with a one-out single. Seth Smith's RBI double made the score 3-0 while chasing Ramirez from the game. The A's added another run before the second inning was over.

Ramirez lasted just 1 1/3 innings, having walked four of the 11 batters he faced. He allowed four runs on three hits in his shortest outing of the season.

The A's continued to pound the Seattle bullpen, with Barton's two-run single highlighting a four-run fifth as Oakland built up an 8-0 lead.

Wedge informed the Mariners before Friday's game that he did not want to be back next season. He was in the final year of a three-year deal and cited philosophical differences with the front office as his reason for not wanting to return.

Wedge ended his three-year run in Seattle with a 213-273 record. This year, he became the first Mariners manager since Dick Williams (1986-88) to post multiple 90-loss seasons.

Notes: Oakland OF Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder) and 1B Nate Freiman (abdominal strain) were not in the lineup Sunday but are expected to be available when the postseason begins Friday. ... The A's still haven't listed their probable starter for Game 1 of the AL Division Series. RHP Bartolo Colon was the team's most effective starter this season. With five days off, all the A's starters should be available. ... Seattle's Ramirez wasn't the only player to have a short night. Oakland's Josh Donaldson was listed as the A's third baseman, but he never even got to put on his glove. He walked in the top of the first inning and was immediately replaced by pinch runner Jemile Weeks, who then went into the game at second base and pushed Alberto Callaspo to third. ... Mariners reliever Hector Noesi made one of the best defensive plays of Sunday's game when he made a behind-the-back stab of a Barton ground ball up the middle in the top of the third. Noesi calmly threw to first for the final out of the inning. ... In the top of the ninth inning of Sunday's game, the Mariners pulled outfielder Raul Ibanez off the field so that he could get a standing ovation from the home crowd. Ibanez, 41, has had three stints with the Mariners during his career and was playing the 2013 season under a one-year contract.
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