Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics
Today-Wednesday, McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
Today: Miguel Batista (13-11, 4.67) vs. Dan Haren (14-7, 3.11), 7:05 p.m., FSN
Tuesday: Jeff Weaver (6-12, 6.34) vs. Chad Gaudin (11-11, 4.47), 7:05 p.m., FSN
Wednesday: Felix Hernandez (12-7, 4.03) vs. Dan Meyer (0-1, 8.18), 12:35 p.m., FSN
About the Mariners (78-70): Seattle's playoff chances are hanging on by the slimmest of margins after splitting its four-game series with Tampa Bay, losing the last two. ... The Mariners lost two of three at Safeco Field against the Athletics last week. ... The bright spot in that last series with Oakland was Adam Jones' pinch-hit home run as he became the ninth rookie in club history to do so. ... Seattle is 12-18 in their stretch of 44 games in 45 days to end the season. ... Kenji Johjima threw out four of seven attempted base stealers in the Mariners' series against Tampa Bay to tie his career-high.
About the Athletics (74-77): Oakland comes into its series with Seattle having won two of three against the Rangers, but dropped the finale. ... Nick Swisher was ejected in Sunday's finale with Texas after charging to the mound after getting hit by a pitch. ... A win by the Angels on Saturday officially eliminated the A's from the American League West race in game No. 150. ... That's the earliest the A's have been eliminated from the division race since 2001. ... Oakland has committed five errors in the last seven games after a season-high 10-game errorless streak.
Meg Wochnick, The Olympian