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Two games and counting …

With the season down to its final two games, the mood is loose inside the A’s clubhouse right now. They’re certainly playing like a relaxed bunch, having outscored the Mariners 17-1 over the first two games of this series. Tonight’s lineup is identical to last night’s with one exception — Jeremy Hermida and Chris Carter flip-flop, with Hermida batting seventh and Carter eighth. … Don’t tell players such as Hermida that these final games don’t mean anything. Hermida, Aki Iwamura, Jeff Larish … They all joined the club late in the season, and they hope to either 1) stick in the A’s thoughts for next season, or 2) make an impression with scouts from other clubs who might be watching.

As for the day’s news, Matt Carson said his back is getting better, and he hopes to be available tomorrow. The Mariners will throw lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith, and Carson would figure to play right field if he’s healthy.

On to the lineups …

A’s — Davis CF, Barton 1B, Ellis 2B, Cust DH, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Hermida RF, Carter LF, Pennington SS; Anderson LHP.

Mariners — Ichiro RF, Figgins 2B, Gutierrez DH, Smoak 1B, Moore C, Mangini 3B, Halman CF, Saunders LF, Wilson SS; Pauley RHP.

Joe Stiglich