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Up next for Tampa Bay Rays: at Seattle Mariners

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What's new: The Mariners ended their team-record 17-game losing streak Wednesday in New York and have lost 21 of 26 overall to drop from the fringe of the AL West race to last place. … Rookie 2B Dustin Ackley has been a smash since his June 16 promotion, hitting .301 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 33 games. … SS Brendan Ryan is on an 11-game hitting streak. … Overall, the offense is the majors' worst with a .226 average, though the starting pitching is among the best. Sound familiar?

Key stat: The Mariners lost the lead the last eight times they had scored first before hanging on to beat the Yankees.

Connections: Rays 1B Casey Kotchman spent a rough 2010 in Seattle. … Mariners INF Chone Figgins (Brandon) and RHP Chris Ray (Hillsborough) are Tampa Bay area products.

Series history: Mariners won three of four in June, lead 68-51 overall, 36-29 in Seattle.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Up next for Tampa Bay Rays: at Seattle Mariners 07/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 11:02pm]
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