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Mariners among nine teams vying for two wildcard spots in A.L.

3:29 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart slides safely into second base ahead of the tag by Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura in the fifth inning on Aug. 12, 2017, in Seattle. Both teams are among nine in the A.L. within 3.5 games of a wildcard spot. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
new  An open date Thursday in the Mariners’ schedule offers a chance to assess before they begin a four-city trip Friday with the first of three weekend games at Tampa Bay. The Mariners are 61-61 and trail the Los Angeles Angels by 1.5 games in a crowded race for the American League’s two wild-card berths.

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