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VS. MARINERS

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What's new: The Mariners (78-72) come into the Trop on a bit of a roll, having taken two of three from the Yankees and six of their past nine overall. Their young rotation (all five are 27 or younger) is a big reason why, boasting an AL-best 3.91 ERA. They've often won in dramatic fashion, with their 13 walkoff wins second in the majors to the Yankees (14), and boast one of the game's best in Ichiro Suzuki, who leads the majors in hits and multihit games.

Key stat: The Mariners are an MLB-best 31-17 in one-run games.

Connections: Rays special assistant scout John McLaren is a former Mariners manager.

Series history: Mariners lead the season series 4-2, overall series 62-42 and at the Trop 29-17.

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