Surging Mariners hope to keep 2nd half rolling

Surging Mariners hope to keep 2nd half rolling

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SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 18: Michael Saunders #55 of the Seattle Mariners crosses home plate with the winning run on a sacrifice fly by John Jaso to defeat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 at Safeco Field on August 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on August 24, 2012 at 8:05 AM

SEATTLE (AP) -- For much of his first two seasons as manager of the Seattle Mariners, Eric Wedge has preached exactly what his team has practiced over the past month.

And while the Mariners' second-half surge is realistically too late to make a push for this postseason, it's at least giving hope that Seattle's rebuilding plan is finally progressing.

The Mariners are coming off sweeps of Minnesota and Cleveland at home. They've won a season-high eight straight games -- their longest winning streak since 2007 -- and have the best record in baseball since the All-Star break at 25-13.

Even more impressive is how the Mariners have turned around their struggles at home.

Seattle has won 15 of its last 16 home games after being 11 games below .500 at home in late July.

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