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Mariners begin 4-game series against the Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays (45-38, fourth in the AL East) vs. Seattle Mariners (41-42, second in the AL West)

Seattle; Thursday, 10:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: TBD; Mariners: Marco Gonzales (4-9, 3.29 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 49 strikeouts)

BOTTOM LINE: The Seattle Mariners host the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday to open a four-game series.

Seattle is 20-20 in home games and 41-42 overall. The Mariners have hit 86 total home runs to rank seventh in the AL.

Toronto has a 45-38 record overall and a 20-20 record in road games. The Blue Jays have the third-best team batting average in MLB play at .257.

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The teams meet Thursday for the fourth time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Julio Rodriguez leads Seattle with 15 home runs while slugging .490. Cal Raleigh is 6-for-33 with a home run and eight RBI over the past 10 games.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has 13 doubles and 19 home runs for the Blue Jays. Bo Bichette is 11-for-41 with four doubles, a home run and four RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Mariners: 7-3, .238 batting average, 2.83 ERA, outscored opponents by 12 runs

Blue Jays: 4-6, .273 batting average, 4.55 ERA, outscored by nine runs

INJURIES: Mariners: Tom Murphy: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Taylor Trammell: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Luis Torrens: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Ty France: 10-Day IL (elbow), Evan White: 60-Day IL (hernia), Mitch Haniger: 60-Day IL (ankle), Kyle Lewis: 7-Day IL (concussion), Casey Sadler: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

Blue Jays: Julian Merryweather: 60-Day IL (side), Kevin Gausman: day-to-day (ankle), Tayler Saucedo: 60-Day IL (hip), Hyun-Jin Ryu: 60-Day IL (forearm), Yimi Garcia: 15-Day IL (back), Andrew Vasquez: 15-Day IL (ankle), Danny Jansen: 10-Day IL (finger), Nate Pearson: 60-Day IL (mono)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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