The Mariners lost their 100th game of the year on Saturday

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Some MLB teams are entering this final day of the regular season with an eye on clinching a playoff spot.  Others are hoping to avoid loss No. 101.

The Mariners dropped their 100th game of the season on Saturday night with a 5-3 loss to the A’s at Seattle’s Safeco Field.  David Pauley allowed four runs over seven innings, Chone Figgins went 0-for-4, and the M’s were shut down by Oakland starter Brett Anderson. 

Seattle manager Daren Brown, who is 19-30 since taking over for Don Wakamatsu in mid-August, spoke to the Everett Herald after the game.

“I don’t look at it as a milestone,” Brown said. “A milestone is
something you’re going to remember.”

The M’s opened this season with hype and promise, but a lack of power plagued them all year long and they were easily out-hit on most nights.  Felix Hernandez had a season worthy of Cy Young hardware and guys like Jason Vargas and Doug Fister also pitched well, but Seattle simply couldn’t score runs and will finish the year ranked last in hits, doubles, triples and home runs.  General manager Jack Zduriencik will look into changing that this winter.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.