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SEATTLE -- J. Alec Mills Cubs Jersey .A. Happ had a long wait between innings, and it was totally worth it for him and the Toronto Blue Jays.Happ became the major leagues second 20-game winner and Russell Martin and Michael Saunders each hit a two-run homer, lifting Toronto over the Seattle Mariners 10-2 on Tuesday night to move into first in the AL wild-card race.Toronto moved a game ahead of Baltimore and remained 2 1/2 games ahead of Detroit. Seattle lost for the fourth time in five games and trails Toronto by four games.Happ was the patient beneficiary when the Jays took the lead with an eight-run fourth inning.I actually came back up in the tunnel here and threw a little bit with Josh Thole trying to keep my arm loose, Happ said. But, when were scoring eight an inning, or six an inning, not sure which one it was, but Ill definitely take that any day.Happ (20-4) allowed two runs, six hits and a walk over five innings, striking out eight while winning for the 14th time in his last 15 decisions. Hes the first Toronto pitcher to reach 20 wins since Roy Halladay in 2008.Twenty wins. Its hard to do at the big league level, the best baseball in the world, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. Hes had some kind of season. Hes going to keep going strong, but its quite an accomplishment.Martin and Saunders each homered off Hisashi Iwakuma (16-12) during the Blue Jays big inning. After catcher Chris Iannetta misplayed Jose Bautistas pop foul for an error, Bautista singled with one out and Martin followed with his 20th home run. Troy Tulowitzki singled and Saunders followed with his 24th homer to put Toronto up 4-2.Kevin Pillar doubled and Ezequiel Carrera chased Iwakuma with an RBI single. Devon Travis greeted reliever Nick Vincent with a bloop single down the right-field line, scoring Carrera from first to make it 6-2. Josh Donaldson walked and Edwin Encarnacion capped the inning with a two-run double.Donaldson opened the sixth with his 35th homer and Encarnacion added an eighth-inning solo homer, his 42nd, for the final two runs.We scratched out a couple runs, get a big hit and finally get a lead, started getting some momentum our way, Mariners manager Scott Servais said. Unfortunately, the shutdown inning was nonexistent. It got away from us there, some bad pitches, they hit some home runs and got some other hits to fall in for them. They were around the ball all night. We couldnt get them off it.Martin and Saunders became the first Canadian-born teammates in major league history to hit at least 20 home runs in the same season.I think Russ and I will tell you that were probably more proud than others, Saunders said. I dont think it means a lot to anybody else. But Russ lately has just been on fire, really turned his season around. Weve leaned on him for the second half of the season.The Mariners took a 2-0 lead in the third when Robinson Cano lined a two-run triple off the knee of second baseman Travis that caromed all the way into the right-field corner.That one inning, they put a couple on the board, some tough plays, Gibbons said. But what he (Happ) did, he held them in check, limited it to two and then our offense took over, which was good to see. We havent seen one of those in a while. The first two games here, we played really, really well.EXCLUSIVE COMPANY FOR HAPPHapp became the sixth Blue Jay with 20 wins, joining Halladay, Roger Clemens, Jack Morris, Pat Hentgen and David Wells. The total ties him with Wells in 2000 for the most victories by a Toronto left-hander.TRAINING ROOMMariners: RHP Taijuan Walker had no issues after taking a line drive off his pitching arm in the first inning on Monday night. He feels fine. Theres nothing there, Servais said.MARINERS AFFILIATE MOVESSeattle will have two new minor league affiliates in 2017. The Mariners announced a two-year agreement with the Arkansas Travelers in the Double-A Texas League and a four-year deal with the Modesto Nuts in the Class A California League. Arkansas replaces Jackson, which won the Southern League title. Modesto replaces Bakersfield, which was contracted from the California League.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (13-2, 3.17 ERA) gets the start in the afternoon series finale at Safeco Field. Sanchez is 2-1 with a 4.65 ERA and four no decisions in his last seven starts. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings in his last start, giving up six runs on five hits.Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (11-6, 3.79) allowed six runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in his last start, a 6-0 loss vs. Houston. He is 7-2 in 12 starts since coming off the DL (right calf strain) on July 20. Tyler Chatwood Jersey . Burris threw two TD passes, including a key 15-yard fourth-quarter strike to Bakari Grant that effectively countered a Toronto comeback bid and led Hamilton to a 33-19 victory. Kyle Schwarber Jersey . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. ATLANTA -- Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves and the 1996 Olympics, will get its third life when Georgia State University converts it to a college football stadium, Atlanta city leaders said Thursday.The deal involves new commercial development and improvements to streets and neighborhoods on the citys south side, an area that has struggled as other parts of the city blossomed.Speaking outside Turner Field, near a bronze statue of Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the monuments presence was fitting.Hank Aaron helped unify a city -- and a country -- with one swing of his mighty bat at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Reed said.The project will give an economic boost to the five neighborhoods that surround Turner Field, Reed said.It represents a new beginning for the entire southeast quadrant of our city, he said.Discussions about the redevelopment project began after the Atlanta Braves announced plans to leave Turner Field and build a new stadium about 15 miles away in Atlantas northwest suburbs. This the last season for the Braves at Turner Field.Officials announced a signed purchase and sale agreement between Georgia State and the real estate firms Carter U.S.A. and Oakwood Development Group. Details of the financing werent immediately available, though Reed has toold reporters that Georgia State has committed at least $200 million toward redevelopment of the 70-acre site. Jose Quintana Jersey. With the redevelopment project, Turner Field will now get its third life as a college football venue, Georgia State President Mark Becker noted. It was built for 1996 Olympic Games, was home to the Atlanta Braves and will now become the home field of the Georgia State Panthers.Georgia State, with more than 53,000 students, is one of the nations largest universities. Its main campus is in the heart of downtown Atlanta, just north of Turner Field.The overall project will also involve building a new baseball field, student housing, shops and restaurants nearby. The project presents an opportunity to develop a world-class mixed use community, said Scott Taylor, president of the Carter firm.Reed noted that the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which once stood next-door to Turner Field, was known as the launching pad by home-run hitters who felt that its elevation of more than 1,000 feet above sea level helped balls soar out of the park.Turner Field becomes a different kind of launching pad, Reed said.---Information from: WSB-TV, ' ' '