MINNEAPOLIS -- While the Seattle Mariners are trying to avoid an early end to their season, the Minnesota Twins need a late-season win streak to avoid an ugly bit of franchise history.
The Mariners remain in the thick of the American League wild-card race heading into Sunday's series finale at Target Field but cannot have slip-ups like Saturday night's power outage if they are to make the postseason for the first time since 2001.
"They're all important," Mariners manager Scott Servais said after Saturday's 3-2 loss cost Seattle a chance to advance on the Detroit Tigers, who also lost. "Tonight was important, tomorrow's important, the next one's important. It's just where we are in the season."