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MARINERS vs BLUE JAYS Watch FREE Live Stream Online & Listen: Live Coverage from TORONTO

By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Sep 22, 2014 05:30 PM EDT
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Tonight at 7:07 p.m. ET, the Seattle Mariners (83-72) and Toronto Blue Jays (78-77) kick off a four-game set live from the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The game can be live streamed for free here. Seattle fans can hear all of the action on 710 ESPN while Seattle fans can do the same on SN590.

Seattle kicks off the final leg of an 11-game homestand it is 3-4 on thus far while Toronto kicks off a seven-game homestand.

The Mariners enter play 1.5 games behind the Kansas City Royals for the final wild-card spot in the American League while the Blue Jays are 6.5 games out and their tragic number for postseason elimination is two.

James Paxton (6-3, 2.06 ERA) mans the mound for the Mariners while Toronto counters with J.A. Happ, who is 9-11 with a 4.35 ERA.

Paxton, a rookie, grew up in Ladner, British Columbia and will pitch in Canada for the first time in his career.

"It'll be really cool to pitch in Canada for the first time professionally," Paxton told MLB.com. "I never played in the minor leagues in Canada or anything." 

Paxton meets a Blue Jays team that knows it has very little room for error in the standings.

"It's not going to be easy, we don't have much wiggle room," outfielder Jose Bautista said per MLB.com. "If we win every game, there's still a chance." 

Bautista leads the MLB with a .404 on-base percentage and ranks second in the AL with 102 walks, fourth with a .928 slugging percentage and fifth with 95 runs. Bautista leads the Blue Jays with 34 homers and 101 RBI.

Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion is fourth in the AL with a .554 slugging percentage and fifth with a .907 slugging percentage.

Seattle's lineup has been flanked by second baseman Robinson Cano, who ranks third in the AL in hits (183-tied), fourth in on-base percentage (.386) and fifth in batting average (.320). Third baseman Kyle Seager paces the Mariners with 24 homers and 92 RBI.

With their postseason hopes still alive, the Mariners and Blue Jays take the field at Rogers Centre tonight in Toronto for the start of a four-game set.

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