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MIN@SEA: Vargas throws 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball

How good have the Mariners been against the Twins this season? Seattle is 7-1 against Minnesota with two games remaining between the teams this year. Furthermore, the Twins have scored just 12 runs in eight games against the Mariners.

Minnesota will again try to break through with a better offensive output against its nemesis from the Pacific Northwest in the third contest of a four-game set on Wednesday.

"Each game's different," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You never know what's going to happen. These guys have been pitching well and playing good baseball -- they're on a good roll. They played well at home, went on a nice streak. ... This club is a lot better of a ballclub and can pitch. So you know runs are at a premium pretty much every night."

The Mariners will attempt to keep the Minnesota bats at bay with Jason Vargas. The lefty is 6-1 with a 2.55 ERA in his last 11 games, but he's coming off his worst start in two months. Vargas gave up three home runs in a season-low four innings in Chicago on Friday.

"They just didn't miss mistakes tonight," Vargas said after his last outing.

Twins: Shoulder still bothering Span
Denard Span was a late scratch from the lineup on Tuesday with shoulder soreness. Span has now missed 11 games since originally hurting his shoulder on Aug. 12 trying to make a sliding catch.

"He's day to day," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. He's got a sore collarbone, is what it is. He's available if we need him, but I was going to give him a day. I don't think he did anything to it [to aggravate it]. It's one of those things that's sore. I don't think anybody's all that concerned about it, but he's sore today."

• Samuel Deduno will get the start for the Twins on Wednesday. The right-hander carries a 4-2 record and 4.24 ERA into the contest. Deduno gave up two runs on five hits and six walks over six innings against the Mariners on Aug. 19.

Mariners: Rotation on a roll
Seattle starters were 18-8 with a 2.81 ERA and 24 quality starts in their last 36 games entering Tuesday's contest, and those numbers only improved after Hisashi Iwakuma threw six innings of one-run ball. Vargas said the rotation has been building off one another.

"Any time you've got a group of players doing well on one side of the ball or the other, they're going to feed off each other," he said. "That's definitely the case, and that's how teams get rolling. We have a lot of talented arms and guys that can do some things. You go out there as a unit and compete."

Worth noting
• The Mariners have an 11-game home run streak. The last time Seattle accomplished that was from Aug. 16-27, 2009.

• Vargas has faced the Twins twice this season, recording no-decisions both times.

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