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Mariners nearly solid from top to bottom

From solid pitching to solid defense to a solid batting order, the Mariners display few faults.

Originally Published: May 29, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Don't look now, but the Seattle Mariners have the best record in the American League. How? Well, like most teams that have the best record in a team sport, it's been a team effort.

Hitting: The Mariners have scored 276 runs, fifth-most in the league and only six fewer than the Texas Rangers have scored. This, even though the M's play in a great pitcher's park (the Rangers don't). Essentially, the Mariners have been the third- or fourth-best hitting team in the American League this year.

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