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M's Still Alive in Wild Card Race

Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano watches his go-ahead solo home run off Houston Astros relief pitcher Luke Gregerson in the 11th inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

SEATTLE, Wa - The Seattle Mariners wrap up the regular season this weekend with a four-game series at Safeco Field against the Oakland Athletics.

The Mariners enter Thursday two games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild card spot in the American League playoffs.

Seattle also trails the Detroit Tigers by one game in the race.

The M's return home after a 4-2 road trip where they took two of three games from the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros respectively.

The Orioles finish a three-game series tonight with the Toronto Blue Jays, who currently have the first wild card, before playing a three-game series on the road against the New York Yankees.

The Blue Jays travel to Boston for a three-game set with the Red Sox, while the Tigers finish their series with the Cleveland Indians today before traveling to Atlanta for a three-game series with the Braves.

With the A's in last place in the AL West the Mariners appear to have the more favorable schedule but they need to win this weekend and get help.

The M's series with the A's begins tonight at 7:10 p.m. Ariel Miranda gets the start for Seattle and Kendall Graveman will start on the mound for Oakland.

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