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Cruz, Hernandez share spotlight with Marte as Mariners top A's

SEATTLE Felix Hernandez and Nelson Cruz were outstanding throughout the Mariners' 8-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field, just as they've been with a few notable blips all season. Hernandez shrugged off a leadoff home run by Billy Burns and a string of recent underwhelming starts to last eight innings, earning his 15th win of the season. Manager Lloyd McClendon lauded Cruz's MVP considerations before the game, and the slugger backed his manager with three hits, three RBIs and his American-League-leading 39th home run of season. Yet for all of their individual plaudits, the Mariners' stars have been unable to stop the losses from...