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A resurgent Cano is a welcome sign for Mariners in their postseason push

Robinson Cano has homers in each of his last two games after going 35 games without one.
Robinson Cano has homers in each of his last two games after going 35 games without one. AP

After an extended power slump, Robinson Cano shows signs of heating up as the Mariners attempt to mount a postseason push over the season’s final four weeks.

Cano ended a 35-game stretch without a homer Saturday in a 7-6 victory over Oakland, then followed that up Sunday against the Athletics with another two-run blast while getting four hits and driving in four runs.

"It feels good right now," he said. "Not only because I got some hits, but over the last week, since we've faced Atlanta, I’ve been feeling really good."

Cano scuffled along at .261 and had just 12 RBIs during his homer-less stretch. Pressed for an explanation, he pointed to various ailments with his lower body — he’s battled quadriceps and hamstring issues for much of the season.

"It just affects me when I have to wear the wrap around my legs," he said. "It’s so tight that I can’t stay back. But for me, if I can play at 70 percent, I want to be in there."

While a 70-percent Cano is probably better than any alternative the Mariners have, it’s still a 70-percent Cano. His importance to the lineup is hard to overestimate.

The Mariners are 15-4 when he hits a homer and 28-19 when he drives in a run.

"Obviously, it’s great to see Cano get going again," manager Scott Servais said. "That’s going to be huge for us moving through September."

Cano has a history of finishing strong. His .322 average and .891 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) for September/October are his highest monthly averages.

Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners

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