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This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Oakland RaidersOverall: 85 Title track: 41 Ownership: 104 Coaching: 24 Players: 48 Fan relations: 69 Affordability: 54 Stadium experience: 119 Bang for the buck: 86 Change from last year: +20The Oakland Raiders last trip to the playoffs -- let alone their last winning record -- came when quarterback Derek Carr was 11 years old, in sixth grade and watching his older brother David get sacked 76 times as the NFLs No. 1 overall draft pick. In other words, it was in 2002. Raiders fans are betting on the younger Carr having learned from the struggles of his older brother to get this proud franchise back up and running ... wherever its future home is, be it Oakland, Las Vegas, Los Angeles or parts unknown.Whats goodThe much critiqued plan of owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie appears to be coming to fruition, and fans judged this new-and-improved roster a vast upgrade, boosting it 51 spots in the players category (to 48th). All it took was two years of deconstruction and two more building back up. Oakland has finally again become a destination for sought-after free agents like OL Kelechi Osemele, LB Bruce Irvin, CB Sean Smith and FS Reggie Nelson. 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New York matched its season high for runs scored in an inning, tagging Seattle starter Aaron Harang (2-6) for eight hits in the third before being shut down the rest of the night. "I dont care when we score six runs. If you get six runs a night, youre probably going to win a lot of games," New York manager Joe Girardi said. Hughes (3-4) won for the first time in nearly a month and continued a run of success pitching in Seattle. Hughes improved to 4-0 in his career at Safeco Field, striking out seven before leaving after facing one batter in the eighth inning. The last time Hughes saw the Mariners, he didnt make it out of the first inning. Hughes lasted just two outs May 15, giving up seven earned runs and six hits at Yankee Stadium. On Thursday, the Mariners didnt get a runner to third base until the sixth inning when Brendan Ryan walked and reached third on Kyle Seagers one-out single -- the third hit allowed by Hughes. Ryan was left at third after Hughes got pop outs from Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales. Hughes retired the first eight batters before Ryans two-out single in the third. He then set down seven of the next eight before Ryan walked to open the sixth. Seattle avoided the shutout thanks to Seagers RBI double in the eighth. The run was unearned because of an error earlier in the inning. Hughes lasted just 4 1-3 innings and gave up five earned runs in his last start against Boston. "You talk about bounce back outings and not having a snowball effect on you," Hughes said. "So its nice to pitch well here." The Yankees batted around in the third inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and knocking out Harang after 2 1-3 innings. Jayson Nix and Brett GGardner sandwiched singles around Austin Romines strikeout.dddddddddddd. Cano then lined a high fastball into the right field seats for his 15th homer and before Harang could recover, Teixeira hit his third homer to right-centre to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. It was New Yorks first back-to-back homers since Cano and Vernon Wells on May 12 in Kansas City. The battering of Harang didnt stop. Travis Hafner singled and Kevin Youkilis doubled before Wells looped an RBI single. Ichiro Suzuki followed with a line drive over shortstop Brendan Ryan to score another run and Harangs miserable night was done. "We were just trying to take advantage. That was a great inning. The whole lineup hit in that inning and thats what you want. You want to take advantage when youve got runners in scoring position," Cano said. "We got shut out after that but at least we scored early. The bright spot for Seattle was reliever Blake Beavan, who was called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday. Beavan, who was demoted to the minors on May 1, retired 14 straight batters after taking over for Harang, striking out four. Beavans streak was snapped when Hafner led off the eighth with a single, but that was the only hit allowed in 6 2-3 innings. "Youre going to have those innings. Obviously I made the mistake at the wrong time with Cano with the runners on," Harang said. "It seemed like everything started to spiral out of control." NOTES: Suzuki played in Seattle for the second time with the Yankees. Last year was a whirlwind with his trade to New York taking place while the Yankees were in Seattle. He was greeted with a tepid ovation before his first at-bat but the "Ichimeter" that was a staple of his time in Seattle was back in the front row of the right field stands. Before the game Suzuki, who is staying at the team hotel, joked he never fully realized how many Starbucks there were in downtown Seattle. ... 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