• Since the All-Star break, 10 of the Mariners' 16 games have been decided by one run, with the club 3-7 in those contests going into Tuesday's series opener with Atlanta. Four of those games went extra innings. Seattle is tied with Baltimore with the most games decided by two or fewer runs for the season with 62 and the club is 28-34 in those contests.
• Mike McCready, the lead guitarist for Pearl Jam, will perform the national anthem before Friday's 7:10 p.m. PT game against the White Sox.
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