Still there. Still fighting. No, not the troops in Afghanistan. The Seattle Mariners. Figured they would have evacuated the playoff picture by now but heading into Wednesday night’s game they were eight games over .500 and only four games back in the wild-card race.
Gotta win in Texas. The Rangers have been out of the race since oh, maybe May. Reliable Chris Flexen (10-5, 3.78 ERA) has been solid all season and 1-0 his last three starts, scattering seven runs over 18 innings. Rangers give winless Spencer Howard (0-3, 5.61 ERA) another shot. Howard shut out the Mariners for three innings in Seattle, permitting two hits before he was pulled. Expect Texas to stretch his pitch count. Expect Seattle to get to him. 20 units on the Mariners.
Yanks 5, Dead Sox 2. Andrew Heaney (two hits over seven strong) outpitched Nick Pivetta (four runs over 1 ²/₃ ). Back-to-back losses. Down -765 yastrzemskis.
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