Rays and Mariners meet to determine series winner
Seattle Mariners (11-7, second in the AL West) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (10-8, third in the AL East)
St. Petersburg, Florida; Thursday, 1:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Chris Flexen (1-2, 3.63 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 11 strikeouts); Rays: Jeffrey Springs (1-0, .00 ERA, .71 WHIP, nine strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rays -135, Mariners +114; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners meet on Thursday with the three-game series tied 1-1.
Tampa Bay has a 10-8 record overall and a 7-5 record in home games. Rays pitchers have a collective 3.21 ERA, which ranks third in the AL.
Seattle is 11-7 overall and 7-2 in home games. Mariners hitters have a collective .330 on-base percentage, the second-ranked percentage in the AL.
The teams match up Thursday for the third time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Wander Franco has four home runs, two walks and 12 RBI while hitting .319 for the Rays. Randy Arozarena is 8-for-39 with four doubles and three RBI over the past 10 games.
Ty France is second on the Mariners with eight extra base hits (three doubles and five home runs). J.P. Crawford is 11-for-36 with a double, a triple, three home runs and eight RBI over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 6-4, .235 batting average, 2.54 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs
Mariners: 7-3, .249 batting average, 2.93 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs
INJURIES: Rays: Mike Zunino: day-to-day (biceps), Francisco Mejia: 10-Day IL (covid-19), Chris Mazza: 10-Day IL (back), Shane Baz: 60-Day IL (elbow), Luis Patino: 60-Day IL (oblique), JT Chargois: 10-Day IL (oblique), Ryan Yarbrough: 10-Day IL (groin), Brendan McKay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Pete Fairbanks: 60-Day IL (lat), Tyler Glasnow: 60-Day IL (elbow), Nick Anderson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Yonny Chirinos: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Mariners: Marco Gonzales: day-to-day (wrist), Paul Sewald: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), Mitch Haniger: 10-Day IL (covid-19), Casey Sadler: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Sergio Romo: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Kyle Lewis: 10-Day IL (knee), Evan White: 10-Day IL (sports hernia), Ken Giles: 10-Day IL (finger)