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Wed., July 2, 2014, 3:41 p.m.

Surging Seattle Sweeps Houston

Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano, left, blows a bubble as he heads to first base after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros today, in Houston. The visiting Mariners beat the Astros 5-2 to sweep their series and go nine games above .500 for the first time in seven years. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

In his A Grip on Sports online column for SportsLink, Vince Grippi posts: "I got home from an errand with Robinson Cano at the plate yesterday, runners on first and second. I thought, as I turned off the car and headed inside, the M's had done another good job of wasting a scoring opportunity, as Dustin Ackley had just been thrown out at the plate. But, as usual with this team lately, the pessimism was unwarranted. When I turned on the TV and saw the M's up by five runs, I realized what had happened. Cano had doubled down the left-field line (pictured), scoring Endy Chavez and James Jones. But that was just the beginning. The M's went on to duplicate my favorite hamburger order – double-double, double-double – and added another two-bagger and a single to boot. Seven runs. All with two outs.

Question: Are you beginning to believe in the 2014 Seattle Mariners yet?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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