Mariners eliminated from playoff chase
It was a solid season for the rebuilding Seattle Mariners, who finish the 60-game slate with four games at Oakland.
The Mariners (25-31) were eliminated from the American League playoff chase Thursday, despite having the day off. Toronto (30-27) beat the New York Yankees to secure the second A.L. wild-card spot (Cleveland also earned a wild-card spot). Houston (29-28) beat Texas 12-4, meaning the Mariners wouldn't be able to catch the Astros for the No. 2 playoff spot in the A.L. West Division; Houston holds the tiebreaker, winning the season series 7-3.
The Los Angeles Angels (26-31) could still mathematically catch the Astros, as they hold the tiebreaker advantage.
The Mariners play division-winning Oakland in the next four games at Oakland. The teams play at 6:40 p.m. Friday with Yusei Kikuchi pitching for Seattle opposite Chris Bassitt. Then, it's a doubleheader Saturday, followed by a single game Sunday.
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