With three wins in the four-game series over the Twins in Minnesota this week, the Seattle Mariners enter the last day of August with a 15-11 record. That comes in the wake of a 15-11 July, giving Seattle back-to-back winning months for the first time since the 2009 season. It was in 2009 that the Mariners last finished over .500, and heading into the final 30 games of the season, they have at least a shot at finishing the season at .500 again. Seattle enters Labor Day weekend at 64-68. "Winning is important when you get into July and August," manager Eric Wedge. "That's when it really gets real. You get to the post-All-Star break, that's when the good teams turn it up a notch. That's when the good teams really start to sniff it out, and we're right in the middle of that." And while it's not likely that Seattle can climb out of the cellar in the American League West -- the Mariners are 5 1/2 games behind the third-place Angels -- they do have nine games against Los Angeles, including a three-game series that starts Friday in Seattle. The Angels have a 6-4 advantage over Seattle this season, but most of that is built on a four-game Los Angeles sweep in May. Since then, the teams have played two three-game series, and the Mariners have won two of the three games each time. "When you look at what we've got going on here," Wedge said, "we are playing all the teams we need to play, Los Angeles nine, Oakland six and Texas six."
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