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The Mariners want to catch the Angels by mirroring them

It's beginning to look a lot like Anaheim in Seattle, and it's no coincidence.

The Mariners have served notice – they want what the Angels have, and they're not beyond mirroring a team in order to beat it.

With the hiring of third base/infield coach Bruce Hiines, who coached the outfield, base-running and bunting in the Angels minor league system the past three years, manager Don Wakamatsu's first staff is almost complete.

Wakamatsu and three of his coaches – Hines, Lee Tinsley and Ty Van Burkleo – have all worked in the Angels farm system.

"There are some traits that have made them the strongest team in the division. Their aggressive style of play, their base-running, their development," Wakamatsu said of the Angels. "We want to be known for all those things. We're bringing people in who can tighten things up, help us play fundamental baseball. These guys can teach it, they've done it before."