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A's eager to move beyond facing Seattle

A's eager to move beyond facing Seattle

A's eager to move beyond facing Seattle
SEATTLE -- Having played seven of their first 10 regular-season games against the Mariners, it's safe to say the A's are looking forward to their two-month hiatus from them.

"It is, I'm not going to lie," a smiling Bob Melvin said on Sunday morning.

His club took part in three Opening Days -- one in Tokyo, the second in Oakland and another in Seattle -- with the Mariners, whom they also saw quite frequently throughout Spring Training as well. Entering Sunday, the A's were 2-4 in the season series.

"Geez, I feel like we've played them every game so far," Seattle first baseman Justin Smoak said. "It's going to be nice not to see them for a while. It's just one of those things. Uncle, you know? How many times can you play a team in two weeks?"

The A's might be missing the Mariners, though, this week, after they get their first regular-season look at a loaded Angels team. Four night games await the two teams, beginning on Monday. And while Los Angeles has struggled out of the gate, the A's know their division foes, now employers of Albert Pujols, are still very much a threat.

"You see the lineup -- they're deep in the rotation, got some speed at the top and bottom and some power in the middle," Melvin said. "They haven't played great to this point, but I don't think there's any doubt about the fact that they're probably one of the better teams in the American League. We're going to have to play well."

The A's fared well against the Halos last year, compiling an 11-8 record.

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