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A Look Around the West



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    Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after giving up a run against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the fifth inning on Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 4, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    In a weekly post, we'll take a look around the AL West — what's happened so far, and what's on tap in the coming days.

    1. Seattle Mariners (22-17) — The Mariners, like every team in the division other than the Astros, are 5-5 over their last 10 games as the division is pretty much staying status quo. They've been keeping the Rangers at a short arm's length for much of the season and are back in first after the Rangers were swept in Oakland. Next up: Today, 11:35 a.m., at Baltimore Orioles.

    2. Texas Rangers (22-19) — The Rangers went 7-2 on a lengthy home stand and headed off to Oakland to play a bad A's team, and they were promptly swept as their offense went cold. Pretty much the only offense right now is coming from Ian Desmond, and hopefully going to a more hitter-friendly park in Houston could cure those woes. Next up: Friday, 7:10 p.m., at Houston Astros.

    3. Oakland A's (19-22) — The A's are hot, thanks to a sweep of the Rangers behind an epic series from Khris Davis, who hit three bombs in Tuesday's walk-off win, including the game-winning grand slam that put a nail in the coffin of Shawn Tolleson's closer's gig. Next up: Tonight, 9:05 p.m., vs. New York Yankees.

    4. Los Angeles Angels (18-22) — The Angels are just frankly in trouble. They have no offense outside of a few guys and their pitching staff is in shambles thanks to a lack of depth that has been hurt further by injury. Next up: Tonight, 9:05 p.m., vs. Los Angeles Dodgers.

    5. Houston Astros (17-24) — The Astros could sweep the White Sox with a win on Thursday, which would be huge for their floundering confidence as a team. The team that was supposed to win the West this year still has plenty of time, but their start has left a lot to be desired. Next up: Tonight, 7:10 p.m., at Chicago White Sox.