You may not be taking the Seattle Mariners seriously yet, but they seem to be taking themselves and the 2011 season seriously.
Down 3-0 to Tampa Bay today, they came back to tie, then went ahead, 5-3. They lost that lead, fell behind 6-5 in the eighth ininng, and rollede a four in their half of that inning for a 9-6 victory.
Erik Bedard not only pitched seven innings, he threw 111 pitches in the process.
Rookie Greg Halman had three hits in his first big-league game of the season, including a two-run triple.
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Ichiro had a two-run triple, one of his two hits. Miguel Olivo hit a three-run home run against reliever Joel Peralta - who'd given up Olivo's pinch hit home run on Saturday.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said it was the right matchup, but the Mariners were just hot and things were going their way. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said his team was playing hard, inning after inning, fighting at-bat by at-bat.
With the win, Seattle has taken six consecutive series and pulled its record to 31-28.
Yes, they're taking it seriously.
"We're playing good baseball," Olivo said. "Every win is important, especially the way Texas is playing."