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Worth noting

• The Mariners' young bullpen has wreaked havoc on opposing batters this year, and enters Tuesday's game against the Astros with 473 strikeouts, just four shy of the franchise record for strikeouts by relievers in a season. The current crop of relievers is on pace to strike out 532 batters in 2013, which would rank sixth all-time.

"Some fantastic arms down there," manager Eric Wedge said. "Unfairly, they've all been thrown in vital roles at one time or another. Like you usually do, we've had some things happen to us that you normally just don't count on.

"But I tell you this, when you look at the future arms in our bullpen, you've got to be pretty optimistic about it, because there's a lot of potential down there and they understand now what it means to have success."

Jacob Thorpe is an associate reporter for
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