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SEATTLE — The last time the Seattle Mariners were in first place this deep into the season, the current hitting coach was the designated hitter, the current “Special Assistant to the Chairman” was hitting .352 at the top of the order, and the club won 93 games but missed the playoffs. Yes, it has been a long time since Edgar Martinez and Ichiro Suzuki had the Mariners in contention like they are right now. The Mariners are 37-22 with a one-game lead in the AL West, a position they haven’t held this far into a season since late August 2003. That’s nearly 15 years since the club has sniffed the clear air of the division lead outside the early stages of the regular season. And it’s not happening because the division is terrible — four teams are above .500 — but rather because Seattle is finding ways to win despite injuries and suspension. But a reality check may be on the horizon. Beginning Tuesday, the Mariners play 15 of the next 19 games against Houston, Boston, the Yankees and the Angels. By Tim Booth. SENT: 750 words, photos.
Oklahoma’s quarterback competition took an unexpected twist at the Major League Baseball draft. Kyler Murray, the favorite to replace Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as the Sooners’ starter this year, has been selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics. The speedy Murray has been a major league prospect since high school. He played outfield for the Sooners this baseball season and hit .296 with 10 homers, 13 doubles and three triples in 189 at-bats. Still, his selection so early in the first round was a surprise, and could mean a change in careers for the former five-star recruit. Murray was one of the most celebrated high school football players in Texas history, going 42-0 as a starter and leading powerhouse Allen High to three state titles before signing with Texas A&M in 2015. He played eight games and made three starts as a freshman for the Aggies, passing for 686 yards and running for 335. But he left the team before its bowl game and transferred to Oklahoma the next season. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 420 words, photos.
— BKW--TEXAS A&M-CENTER CHARGED — Texas A&M has suspended center Caylinne Martin after the 6-foot-3 junior and her twin sister, Corinne, were charged with felony injury to the elderly relating to a Christmas Eve altercation in Houston. SENT: 150 words.
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