Every day that goes by with even one major league stadium lacking protective netting past each dugout, if not farther down both lines, baseball teams are inviting a child to get hit in the face by a projectile traveling 100 mph. Think about that.
Instant replay and observations from the Rangers' 3-1 win over Seattle Tuesday at Safeco Field: What you need to know: After the Mariners bungled a run-scoring opportunity in the seventh, the Rangers fashioned the go-ahead run from a pinch-hit double by Carlos Gomez, a bunt single by Delino DeShields and a sacrifice fly from Shin-Soo Choo. Elvis Andrus added an RBI single to make it 3-1. The win moved the Rangers within 3.5 games of Minnesota for the second wild card spot with 12 games to play. Dude of the day: Adrian Beltre, still playing on just one leg and a few shreds of a hamstring, singled twice. It was his second straight multi-hit game. Beltre also shuffled to third when Nomar Mazara
Mathematical elimination from the postseason doesn’t usually make a sound. But the logical/symbolic elimination of the Mariners from yet another postseason was the shotgun-like crack of Rougned Odor’s bat squaring up a baseball — a sound that echoed throughout a largely empty Safeco Field on Wednesday night. The groan from the 15,962 spectators in attendance that followed as Odor’s towering fly ball cleared the wall in right-center for a grand slam was part frustration and acceptance that the remaining hope of a spot in the wild card was done, even though the Mariners were still mathematically alive. But a seven-run fourth inning, punctuated by Odor’s second career grand slam, made an eventual