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    mariners logo5Collin McHugh struck out a career-high 12 in his season debut, and Jason Castro, Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez homered to lift the Houston Astros to a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. McHugh (1-0), called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the start, struck out the first three batters of the game to set the tone for his first win in 10 career starts.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Fall Ahead of January Jobs Report

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_3a070de9c5.jpgglegorly/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims wrapped up the month of January by falling to 331,000 last week, the Labor Department reported on Thursday. For the week ending Feb. 1, the number of people filing for benefits dropped by 20,000. The previous week, claims stood at 351,000 -- an upward revision of 3,000.

The four-week average, meanwhile, went up, increasing by 250 to 334,000.

On Friday, Americans will get a better picture of how the job market fared last month when the Labor Department releases its monthly employment report at 8:30 a.m. ET

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