A's look to close regular season strong

Kevin Jairaj/usa today sports file photoManager Bob Melvin has been a big part of the A's turnaround the past two years and the Oakland players are quick to give him praise.

Kevin Jairaj/usa today sports file photoManager Bob Melvin has been a big part of the A's turnaround the past two years and the Oakland players are quick to give him praise.

The A's are two games off the pace for the American League's best record as they begin a three-game set against the host Seattle Mariners today.

The A's lost consecutive games to the Los Angeles Angels and will likely enter the postseason with the AL's second-best record behind the Boston Red Sox.

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and veteran Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon square off — the latter is tied for the AL lead in ERA while the former is making just his second start in 3½ weeks after an oblique injury.

Colon has won three consecutive starts as he finishes off his best season since going 21-8 for the Angels in 2005.

The 40-year-old issued just four walks over his last six starts and only 28 overall this season. Colon is 18-12 with a 3.90 ERA in 35 career starts against Seattle, including wins in both 2013 outings.

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