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MLB standings 2014: Chris Young pitches Seattle Mariners past Kansas City Royals

Chris Young pitched eight dominating innings to beat the Royals. He allowed only three hits and no walks in the win.
Chris Young pitched eight dominating innings to beat the Royals. He allowed only three hits and no walks in the win.
Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

MLB standings 2014 news has the Seattle Mariners taking back second place in the American League wild card race. In the updated 2014 MLB standings from Saturday night (May 10), the Mariners also remain just two games behind the Oakland Athletics for first place in the division. The 19-17 record that the M's now have is thanks to an impressive 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

Chris Young went eight strong innings to beat the Royals on May 10.
Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Chris Young was the starting pitcher in this one and he went eight strong innings for the M's. He finished the night with one earned run on just three hits and didn't walk any Royals hitters. It was a stellar pitching performance that improved his record on the season to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to just 2.63. Young has quickly turned into one of the more important free agent acquisitions of the past baseball offseason.

Justin Smoak led the offense with a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Dustin Ackley added a solo shot in the sixth inning that serves as an insurance run for the pitching staff. Robinson Cano was the only player with multiple hits as he finished 2-for-3 with a walk and raised his batting average to .296. In the ninth inning closer Fernando Rodney came in to shut the door and post his 11th save of the young season.

The Seattle Mariners have now won two of the first three games in this series against the Kansas City Royals and will look to possibly take over the first wild card slot in the 2014 MLB standings with a win on Sunday (May 11). That game will take place at 1:10 p.m. PT at Safeco Field rookie Roenis Elias taking the mound for the M's and veteran Jeremy Guthrie on the hill for the Royals. It is likely that the team will call someone up to take the place of Michael Saunders after he suffered a hyperextended knee on Saturday.