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M’s drop another close one

SEATTLE — The optimist Mariners fan — and there still might be a couple of you out there — can point to the fact that this club has been competitive in virtually every game lately; that the Mariners’ last seven losses have been by a combined 11 runs; that, despite a 2-5 homestand, they are just 1 1/2 games out of a wild-card berth as August approaches.

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Mariners blanked, fall out of wild-card lead

SEATTLE — On a day when they traded for a designated hitter presumably to bolster their tepid offense, the Mariners served up another frustrating reminder of why they made the deal to acquire Kendrys Morales and why they may need to make one or two more deals for additional help.