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83-75, 3rd in AL West
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Blue Jays do wild-card hopefuls a favor

The Jays beat the Orioles on Tuesday, allowing the Tigers to get back within a game of the second wild card with their win over the Indians. The Mariners failed to take advantage, losing to the Astros to give Houston life.

Springer smacks ground-rule double off King Felix (0:31)
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AL West: Redemption island

The Mariners and Astros might have waved adios to the Rangers a long time ago -- but they're still breathing. And they began a three-game series Monday night. Can either team make a last-minute push for a wild-card spot? Baseball's final week madness

Lineup: Astros (82-75) vs. Mariners (83-73)

  • 1. George Springer, RF (R)
  • 2. Marwin Gonzalez, 1B (S)
  • 3. Jose Altuve, 2B (R)
  • 4. Carlos Correa, SS (R)
  • 5. Evan Gattis, DH (R)
  • 6. Yulieski Gurriel, 3B (R)
  • 7. Tony Kemp, LF (L)
  • 8. Jason Castro, C (L)
  • 9. Jake Marisnick, CF (R)
  • SP: Mike Fiers, RHP
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County OKs funds for $105M Astrodome project

Initial funding has been approved for a $105 million redevelopment of the Houston Astrodome that would include raising the two bottom floors to accommodate about 1,400 parking spaces.

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Orioles enjoy a good day off

The O's didn't take the field on Monday, but their wild-card chances improved due to losses by the Blue Jays and Tigers. The Mariners beat the Astros, sending Houston's postseason hopes to the brink.

Cano's second long ball gives Mariners the edge (0:23)

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The Mariners blow a lead in the ninth, but win in the 11th on Robinson Cano's long home run to right off Luke Gregerson. The Mariners are now tied with the Tigers as both teams become big Blue Jays fans when they start a series with the Orioles on Tuesday. The Astros? Now 3.5 back but with three teams ahead of them, they're just about cooked.

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The Astros tried to score Marwin Gonzalez with two outs in the sixth on a line drive to left field, but he was out by 10 feet even as Nori Aoki nearly bobbled the hit and made a slow throw home. Just a bad send as the ball was hit too hard. Mariners lead 2-1 in sort of a must-win game for both teams.

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Astros rise in Power Rankings

The Astros had beaten the Angels 11 times in a row this season before losing Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They climb a spot due to the Yankees' struggles, but their postseason chances are looking slim now. Week 25 Power Rankings

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Big series ahead for Astros, Mariners

Both teams have missed chances to gain ground in recent days and are on the verge of being eliminated, so something has got to give in this three-game set that starts Monday. Buster Olney breaks down the matchup. Key final-week series (Insider)

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What could hold the Astros back?

Jose Altuve is putting up MVP-caliber numbers and their defense is solid, but the Astros' 15 losses to the Rangers this season is glaring. Only two teams have ever made the playoffs with 15 or more losses to a single opponent in a season, per Elias research. The flawed AL wild-card race

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Jays, Orioles pulling away in wild card

The Blue Jays beat the Yankees in three straight over the weekend and the O's swept the D-backs, allowing both teams to create a gap in the wild-card standings. The Tigers' loss on Sunday nearly cut their playoff chances in half (50 percent entering the day).

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Quick AL wild-card recap: Blue Jays are pretty safe, Orioles win, Tigers lose, Mariners win, Astros win. Orioles have opened a 1.5-game lead on Detroit, 2.5 on Seattle. Their final six are at Toronto and at the Yankees. The sweep of the Diamondbacks improved their playoff odds from 31 percent to 62 percent.

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Orioles reclaim second wild-card spot

After Detroit lost Saturday afternoon, Baltimore took advantage in the evening, beating Arizona to work its way back into a playoff spot. Seattle, Houston and New York all lost, hurting their already slim chances.

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What a brutal two days for an Astros bullpen that has been pretty solid. After Ken Giles gave up six runs on Friday, five relievers combined to give up nine runs over the final two innings to blow a 4-1. Just an unacceptable two days and three straight losses to the Angels means ground lost that the Astros may not be able to recover from.

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Who is the next closer on a wild-card contender to have a catastrophic blow-up? On Friday, it was the Astros' Ken Giles, who gave up six runs in the ninth. Today, it was the Tigers' Francisco Rodriguez, who gave up five in the ninth. With the Blue Jays shutting out the Yankees again, it's now looking like the Tigers, Orioles, Mariners and Astros battling for one spot.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.24624th
On Base Percentage.31919th
Slugging Percentage.41815th
Earned Run Average4.009th
Quality Starts7612th

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