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SEATTLE -- Robinson Cano made sure the Seattle Mariners upheld their end of the wild-card equation. .Cano hit two home runs, Taijuan Walker pitched six effective innings and the Seattle Mariners moved within one game of the second AL wild-card spot, beating the Oakland Athletics 5-1 Friday night.You want the other teams to lose, but at the same time youve got win, Cano said. You get to watch it here, but when its time to play, its time to play. Youve just got to go out and give it everything youve got.Seattle, which has won seven of nine, is one game behind Toronto for the second spot. The Mariners also trail Detroit by a half-game.We needed somebody to help us out today, Seattle manager Scott Servais said. We got a little help, but more importantly, we took care of business.Cano had a two-run homer in the first. He added his 38th home run in the third, a solo shot that gave him 100 RBI for the season. Norichika Aoki and Nelson Cruz also homered off Raul Alcantara (1-3), who was tagged for five runs and seven hits in two-plus innings.With Raul today, balls were over the middle of the plate, and unfortunately more mid-thigh than weve seen him, so he just had a tough night, Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.Walker (8-11) allowed one run on two hits in six innings, but walked five in a 113-pitch outing. The only run came on Ryon Healys 13th homer to open the sixth. Evan Scribner, Nick Vincent and Steve Cishek each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.It was just one of those weird starts where one hitter everything was locked in, the next hitter it was all over the place, Walker said. But, I just kept fighting.Cano drove a 1-1 pitch over the wall in center to give the Mariners to a 2-0 lead in the first after a leadoff infield single by Aoki.Aoki made it 3-0 in the second with his fourth homer just inside the right-field foul pole.Cano opened the third with another home run to center and Cruz followed with his 42nd homer to make it 5-0.The As loaded the bases in the fifth on two walks and a two-out error by second baseman Cano, but Walker retired Stephen Vogt on a popout.Zach Neal came on for Alcantara with one aboard in the third and retired all 15 batters he faced.Hes come a long way, Melvin said. Hes had two days off, and gives us five innings of nothing against a team who looked like they were going to score 30 runs in the first couple innings.SEATTLES BIG THREEWith Cano reaching the 100-RBI mark, Kyle Seager needs just one more RBI to make the Mariners the first AL team since the 2001 Oakland As (Eric Chavez, Jason Giambi and Miguel Tejada) with three players with 30 homers and 100 RBI. Cano has 38 HRs, 100 RBI; Nelson Cruz 42, 103; and Seager 30, 99. The last team in the team in the majors with a 30-100 trio was the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals (Jim Edmonds, Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen).TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: RF Danny Valencia was originally in the lineup, but was a late scratch due to neck soreness. Matt Olson started in right.UPON FURTHER REVIEWThere was a crew chief review of Cruzs home run, which barely cleared the outstretched glove of center fielder Jake Smolinksi at the top of the wall, but then bounced back onto the field. The call was upheld after a review estimated at 2 minutes and 21 seconds.MARINERS COMPLETE TRADESeattle sent minor league infielder Tim Lopes to Toronto to complete the Aug. 6 trade for reliever Pat Venditte. Lopes, 22, hit .284 with one home run and 49 RBI with Double-A Jackson of the Southern League. Venditte, who pitches with either hand, is 0-0 with a 7.15 ERA in six appearances with Seattle.UP NEXTAthletics: Rookie RHP Jharel Cotton (2-0, 1.44 ERA) makes his fifth career start since being called up from Triple-A Nashville on Sept. 7. He has not allowed more than one earned run in any of his four starts, lasting at least 5 2/3 innings in each.Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (16-12, 3.96 ERA) has been Seattles most consistent pitcher over the course of the season. His 16 victories are a career high, but he is 2-5 in his last eight starts. Iwakuma is 4-0 against Oakland this season. .Y. -- Injured Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno did not practice with the team Monday and head coach Ron Rolston said its unlikely hell play in Wednesdays season opener in Detroit. . A lawyer for MLB, Matthew Menchel, confirmed Wednesday the league dropped its case against Biogenesis of America, its owner Anthony Bosch and several other individuals. The lawsuit had accused Biogenesis and Bosch of conspiring with players to violate their contracts by providing them with banned performance-enhancing substances. . It was hard for Luck to pull off another comeback, or even get into the end zone, while standing on the sideline. Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday night. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With all the fervor of a Baptist preacher, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson paces in front of the players and delivers a passionate explanation of The Edge, the programs latest motivational mantra.To be elite, youve got to take a free fall, but you cant be afraid to go to the edge! Johnson booms in a speech that made the rounds on social media. Coach says `jump! and you say `how far, coach, where do you want me to go? Every guys got a chance to do that today. If youre elite, grab somebody today, take `em with you!Looming over that scene at the Buckeyes indoor practice facility, a huge video screen runs a loop of a snarling wolf, an image thats supposed to remind players to stay on the attack. Be the aggressor or the victim. That was the overriding theme during spring practice.These are among Ohio States latest tactics to motivate millennial players in an age of social media, digital flash and diminished attention spans. They are easy-to-remember buzzwords and catchphrases, with bold imagery accompanied by hype videos usually set to hip-hop music. Last season it was The Grind. The year before, when Ohio State ended up winning the national championship, it was The Chase.We have to think like an 18-year-old and thats the challenge for our staff all the time, coach Urban Meyer said. Im not trying to appeal to the 52-year-old assistant coach. The 18-year-old who has to go do his job, who has to go do very uncomfortable things, we have to appeal to them.Meyer develops the messages with a group that includes performance coach Mickey Marotti and Tim Kight, a pastor-turned-leadership development consultant who the coach hired several years ago to help refine the programs message and impart it on coaches and players.Its not one of those things, `hey, leets try this, said Meyer, who is 50-4 in his four seasons at Ohio State. Theyre extremely well thought out. How do we get that human spirit, how do we solve that mystery of getting them to go as hard as they can?Quarterback J.T. Barrett said the team has embraced the essence of The Edge, which is defined as the line where average stops and elite begins.For me, and I think a lot of my teammates, its something that really hits home being that everybody can be pushed to a certain point, but wherever that point may be -- and its different for each individual -- you have to find a way to get through that. And you cant do it by yourself, Barrett said. The definition is very narrowed down (for) the young guys, so its easy for them to understand.Counting down to the opening game, the coaches are pushing the players to get to Code Green, which designates them as game ready. Code Green replaced the wolf as the message on the video board this week.Defensive end Sam Hubbard said the players who dont subscribe to the programs mantras are going to be left behind.In the past, stuff like that weve seen the results of it in the national championship, said Hubbard, who backed up All-American Joey Bosa last year and will have a starting role this season. If you act too cool for something like `Code Green, then just forget about it. Youre never going to improve.Youve got to really buy into it. The results speak for themselves, when guys are going to the NFL and stuff like that. So it really does work, and I buy into it.---Follow Mitch Stacy at . 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