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1st-place Rays host struggling Mariners

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The Tampa Bay Rays look to build upon their newfound lead atop the American League East standings when they host the Seattle Mariners for a three-game series beginning Monday.

The Rays flipped a 1 1/2-game deficit in their division to a 1 1/2-game lead courtesy of a three-game home sweep of the Boston Red Sox over the weekend. Tampa Bay has won nine of its last 12 overall despite having a franchise-record 15 pitchers currently sidelined on its injured list.

"The guys put it together," said Rays manager Kevin Cash. "They played really good baseball. A lot of tight games. They're [Red Sox] a good team, we're a good team. To be able to win three, that's not easy to do. So credit the guys a lot."

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