Realistically, the Seattle Mariners would need to be far closer to a playoff berth for Nelson Cruz to be in consideration for American League MVP. Cruz hit his AL-leading 39th homer on Wednesday, driving in three runs and backing eight strong innings from Felix Hernandez in the Mariners’ 8-2 win over the Oakland Athletics. Cruz had RBI singles in the first and sixth innings then added a solo homer off Oakland reliever Fernando Abad in the eighth.

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Billy Burns accomplished what only two others had done, greeting Seattle ace Felix Hernandez with a home run leading off the game. Hernandez threw eight strong innings, allowing just three hits, Nelson Cruz hit is AL-leading 39th homer and the Mariners closed out their homestand with an 8-2 win over the A’s.

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Robinson Cano was doubly happy Tuesday night. Seattle’s second baseman hit his 30th double of the season among his three hits in the Mariners’ 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Cano joined some pretty impressive company as he became the first player to have at least 30 doubles in his first 11 seasons in the major leagues.

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Until Friday night, Houston Astros right-hander Mike Fiers was the other guy included in the Carlos Gomez trade. Now he’s the talk of the town after throwing his first career no-hitter in Houston’s 3-0 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Of course, that isn’t to say Fiers was completely overlooked in the deal. For Houston, he was a valuable addition to their up-and-coming rotation. At age 30, Fiers is just seemingly finding his footing and gives the appearance of being a difference maker for Houston down the stretch. He showed off that ability by dominating the Dodgers to complete the fifth no-hitter in MLB this season.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Fiers was effectively wild early, allowing three walks in the first three innings. From that point on, he was lights out, retiring each of the last 21 batters he faced. He ended up facing three batters over the minimum, while throwing a career-high 134 pitches. This was the 59th start of Fiers career. It was also the first time he’d ever pitched into the ninth inning.  Fiers added nine strikeouts, including striking out the side in an overpowering eighth. He also wrapped things up with an emphatic strikeout of Justin Turner, which set off the celebration at Minute Maid Park.  The performance was a pitching masterpiece. Fiers used his fastball effectively and dropped a dynamic curveball to finish off several batters. The Dodgers rarely got good swings, and despite the addition of Chase Utley to their lineup, had no answers for Fiers. . @Fiers64 rode his devastating hook to no-hit glory. #DomiNoNO pic.twitter.com/dxbTueHhyT — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) August 22, 2015 The no-hitter was the 11th in Houston’s franchise history. It has been 12 years since the Astros last pitched a no-hitter. On June 11, 2003, Roy Oswalt and five relievers combined to no-hit the New York Yankee at Yankees Stadium. Amazingly, the last time the Dodgers were no-hit was June 8, 2012 in Seattle, and that too was a combined effort with five Mariners contributing. The way this game started, it almost looked like Fiers would need help reaching the finish line. Mike Fiers has had one inning with a pitch count below 10, the sixth. He was at 73 through four innings, 86 through five. — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) August 22, 2015 That was not the case as he locked in and picked up steam with each passing inning. By the end, Mike Fiers was simply on fire and the Dodgers were scorched.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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A little hustle by Josh Reddick went a long way for the Oakland Athletics during their big inning Monday night. Danny Valencia homered and Stephen Vogt doubled twice in a seven-run fifth, and the A’s climbed out of a big hole against Hisashi Iwakuma for an 11-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Reddick also went deep and drove in three runs for the Athletics, who rallied after starter Felix Doubront exited early with a bruised foot.

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Chicago’s best option against an ineffective Seattle bullpen turned out to be patience. The White Sox scored two runs in the ninth inning to tie the game and then took advantage of wildness by the Mariners’ bullpen for a three-run 10th in a 6-3 victory over Seattle on Saturday night. ”Fortunately, we got in the bullpen and did some damage late,” said Adam LaRoche, who drove in the tying run in the ninth on a pinch-hit grounder.

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It was a day of mixed emotions for Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. With Sunday’s start, Beltre became the all-time leader in games played among Dominicans. He celebrated by getting ejected from the contest. Let’s ignore that last part for a second, and focus on Beltre’s accomplishment. It’s quite the feat. The 36-year-old Beltre has now played in 2,528 games in the majors. He passed Julio Franco, who played in 2,527 games over his 23-year career. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Beltre, obviously, should be able to put some distance between the top spot moving forward. He not only will finish out this season with the Rangers, but the club already picked up his option for 2016. While injuries sapped his production this year, there’s a chance Beltre will play beyond 2016 if he can improve on his performance moving forward.  As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News notes, Beltre, who rarely acknowledges his own accomplishments, was pretty happy to hit this milestone .  “I’m proud of it,” Beltre said earlier this week. “I’m accomplishing things I never even thought about. It means I’ve been healthy and able to compete for a long time. But the numbers, I don’t think about the numbers. I just want to a win a World Series.” Beltre’s quote highlights some of the underrated aspects of his career. Beltre was promoted to the majors at age-19, and pretty much held his own at the majors the following season. He put up some pretty productive years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but didn’t really arrive in the eye of the national media until he hit .334/.388/.629, with 48 home runs in 2004. Beltre signed a five-year, $64 million deal with the Seattle Mariners that offseason, and was considered somewhat of a bust in Seattle. That wasn’t necessarily the case, though. Safeco Field was hell on hitters around the time Beltre was there, making his solid power numbers even more impressive in retrospect. We can also blame the park for his poor batting averages during this time. Despite the offensive issues, he was always regarded for his stellar defense at third. In 2010, Beltre signed a one-year, make-or-break deal with the Boston Red Sox, and hit the snot out of the ball in a friendly environment. He joined the Texas Rangers a year later, and has basically been an elite performer with the club.

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SEATTLE (AP) — This time around, the Seattle Mariners didn't let their lead slip away. Almost, but not quite.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats . Madison Bumgarner’s one-man show is on the road in Pittsburgh.  In a rematch from last year’s NL wild-card game, Bumgarner baffled the Pirates again, tossing 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball to earn his 15th victory. He also provided the difference on the scoreboard, connecting on a two-run home run in the Giants 6-4 win.  With that homer, Bumgarner became the first pitcher to hit five home runs in a single season since Carlos Zambrano hit six for the 2006 Chicago Cubs. That would help explain why manager Bruce Bochy hasn’t been hesitant to use Bumgarner as a pinch-hitter lately. If a pitcher makes a mistake, he’ll crush it. Even if they don’t, he still has a chance to come through. That’s a nice asset to have. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Speaking of assets, San Francisco added another key piece by trading for Marlon Byrd this week. He made his presence felt immediately, delivering a two-run home run in his first at-bat. That big fly was equally important in the outcome. The outcome, by the way, moved San Francisco one game closer in the division race. With the Dodgers being no-hit by Mike Fiers in Houston, the G-men are just 1 1/2 out in the NL West. NATIONALS STUMBLE BACK UNDER .500 Just when it looked like the Washington Nationals were righting the ship in Colorado, they’ve now lost back-to-back games to the last-place Rockies and last-place Brewers.  Friday’s loss was particularly troubling, as the Nationals were run off their own field by Milwaukee 10-3. Starter Gio Gonzalez was knocked around for five runs (four earned) over five innings, and was also smoked on the ankle by a Jonathan Lucroy. Gonzalez finished the inning and seems to be fine, but the damage was already done to Washington.  Domingo Santana, a player Milwaukee received in the trade that sent Mike Fiers to the Astros last month, hit a key two-run homer in his Brewers debut. It wasn’t a historic moment like Fiers’ no-hitter on Friday, but it gives Milwaukee hope for the future.  Lucroy added three hits for the Brew Crew while Adam Lind and Elian Herrera each had two. Jimmy Nelson earned the victory, allowing two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. Bryce Harper took him deep for his 31st home run this season.  The scuffling Nats are now 60-61 with 41 games left to play. They are five games behind the division-leading Mets.  CARRASCO MOWS DOWN YANKEES WITH 11 STRIKEOUTS The Cleveland Indians are playing the spoiler role well in New York. With their 7-3 victory on Friday, the Indians have taken the first two games in the four-game weekend series against the first-place Yankees. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco was the driving force behind the win. He struck out 11 batters over his 6 2/3 innings, while holding the Yankees to one run on five hits. Offensively, the Indians were able to piece together offense against Masahiro Tanaka, scoring a single run in four different frames. Carlos Santana got him for a solo homer in the sixth. After New York got within a run in the eighth, the Indians applied the finishing touches with a three-run ninth. As a result of the Yankees loss and the Blue Jays win in Anaheim, Toronto is back within striking distance. The gap between teams is one-half game heading into Saturday SALES OUTDUELS KING FELIX, STRIKES OUT 14 The pitching matchup of the night looked like it was taking place in Seattle, where Chris Sale of the White Sox battled the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez. The final score suggests otherwise, as the White Sox walked away with an 11-4 victory.  In reality, Sale was really good, striking out 14 en route to his 12th victory. Sale pitched seven innings of three-run ball, only running into trouble in the seventh inning. In fact, after allowing a leadoff double to Ketel Marte, Sale retired 18 straight and seemed poised to go the distance.  On the other side, Felix Hernandez was OK, allowing four runs over six innings. That was several big steps up from his 10-run outing last Saturday in Boston, but a far cry from the Felix we know. Hernandez has now allowed 27 earned runs over his last five outings, which amounts to an 8.50 ERA.  On the plus side for Seattle, Nelson Cruz hit his league best 37th homer. But they obviously won’t feel good until Hernandez returns to form.  Want to see more from Friday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard .  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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