Mariners-Angels Preview

With the AL West title secured, the Los Angeles Angels can focus on finishing with home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

After the Angels wrapped up their first division crown in five years, AL wins leader Jered Weaver will try for his fourth straight home victory Thursday night against Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners.

Shortly after its 5-0 victory over Seattle on Wednesday, Los Angeles (95-57) clinched the division when Texas scored six times in the ninth to beat Oakland 6-1.

"We're here to win, we want to go all the way," C.J. Wilson said after he went seven innings and yielded the Mariners' only hit of the night to Justin Smoak.

After finishing third in the West each of the past two seasons despite a high-priced, talented roster, the Angels finally met expectations by winning their first division crown since 2009.

''I feel like we've been special for three years," Wilson said. "We just haven't put it all together until now.''

Owner of the majors' best record, Los Angeles was four games behind the first-place Athletics on Aug. 10 but has gone 27-8 since. Now, it leads Baltimore by three games for the best record in baseball.

''They've won so many games in such a short amount of time, and it's really a credit to every guy,'' said manager Mike Scioscia, who won his sixth AL West title in 11 seasons. ''We're going to enjoy the champagne and then go try to win (Thursday).''

C.J. Cron's three-run homer highlighted a five-run seventh for the Angels, who celebrated with those fans who stuck around the ballpark to watch Oakland lose on the venue's video screen.

"We're lucky to get to celebrate with our fans,'' Wilson said.

While it's uncertain how many regulars will take the field for the Angels on Thursday, Weaver (17-8, 3.50 ERA) appears set to try and continue his success at home, where he's 5-1 with a 2.05 ERA in his last nine outings and has a 1.35 ERA over the last three.

He gave up a run and struck out a season-high 12 in seven innings of a 5-2 victory over Houston on Saturday to improve to 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last four overall.

"Year after year, we've seen Weave come out and be the lead dog,'' Scioscia said. ''I don't know if I've seen Weave throw like this for about five years.''

Weaver is 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in three starts against the Mariners during a season that began with him opposing Hernandez (14-5, 2.14) and allowing three earned runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 10-3 loss March 31.

Hernandez gave up two earned runs and struck out 11 in six innings to earn the win in that contest. He's allowed one earned, six hits and fanned 18 over 15 2-3 innings while going 1-0 in his other two against the Angels.

Since giving up five runs on four homers in seven innings of an 8-3 loss to Washington on Aug. 29, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last three outings. He gave up two runs and struck out eight over seven innings of a 3-2, 10-inning defeat to Oakland on Saturday.

"I just have to go out there and do what I can do to win a game," Hernandez told MLB's official website.

Though Mike Trout is 3 for 12 with seven strikeouts in the last four games, he's batting .383 (18 for 47) with three doubles, two triples and two homers against Hernandez.

Robinson Cano, meanwhile, is hitting .395 (15 for 38) lifetime versus Weaver.

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