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Rays at Mariners
What's new: The Mariners came back to reality after a nice spurt where they won six straight and 13 of 17, losing five straight and six of nine on a tough trip to New York, Baltimore and L.A. The Mariners don't hit much at home, but neither do the visitors as Seattle's 3.02 home ERA is second best in the AL, and the starters are on a good run overall. Having traded Ichiro Suzuki, the M's are carrying six rookies and 14 players with less than two years of service time. C/DH Jesus Montero has been hot, and ex-Ray C/DH John Jaso leads them with 10 game-winning RBIs.
Key stat: Nearly half the Mariners' games (57 of 116) have been decided by one or two runs; they are 24-33.
Connections: INF/OF Chone Figgins is a former Brandon High standout, Jaso is a former Ray (acquired for RHP Josh Lueke).
Series history: Rays lead 5-2 this season; M's lead 71-61 overall, 37-31 in Seattle.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer