The Seattle Mariners will find themselves peaking at the scoreboard and hoping the New York Yankees can take care of the Oakland Athletics. They hope that scenario takes place while hoping they can beat the worst team in baseball. The Mariners head into the opener of a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles facing a 5 1/2-game deficit for the second wild-card spot with 25 games remaining. They settled for a split in Oakland after taking an 8-2 loss and are returning after going 4-5 on a nine-game trip. Article continues below ...“We have an uphill climb ahead of us Adrian Peterson Jersey Elite ,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We have to go home and take care of business there and rattle off a good string of wins. We have to win five, six in a row and see what happens from there. There’s still plenty of baseball to play, but it has to happen real quick for us. We need to have a real good homestand.” After facing the Orioles, the Mariners face the New York Yankees for three games and then go back on the road for nine games. Seattle won four games in Baltimore on June 25-28 to go to 51-31, but since then the Mariners are an inconsistent 25-30 while the A’s have soared through the standings to get the second wild card. Baltimore, meanwhile, heads to Seattle at 40-97 after getting swept in a three-game series in Kansas City in a matchup of the two worst teams in the majors. The Orioles were outscored 23-6 and committed three errors in Sunday’s 9-1 loss. Before this weekend, Baltimore swept three games from Toronto, including the major league debut of Josh Rogers, who makes his second start Monday. “I can’t even lie. I woke up sick http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/adrian-peterson-jersey ,” the left-hander told MLB.com last Tuesday of his pregame jitters before facing Toronto. “I was pretty nervous all day and then I got to go to lunch with my family and my grandparents and my dad, mom, sister, girlfriend — so it was really good to just kind of get away from it a little bit, stop thinking about it.“It was good to do that and just get away from the game for a minute. Really, when I started playing catch in the outfield, it was like everything kind of settled in. It didn’t feel like another night, but I was just trying to throw strikes.” Rogers, the first left-hander to start for the Orioles this season, went five innings in a 12-5 win and allowed three runs and seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts. He said he had about 30 friends and family members in attendance for his debut. “I didn’t want to take him out of the game Authentic D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey , especially after seeing his mom and dad here,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of trying to get Rogers through five innings for the victory. “I planned coming into the game to take him to five, maybe the sixth tops. But we weren’t really good in the bullpen for length. I don’t know if relief is the word. I’m just proud how much that meant to him.” Rogers will get his first road start Monday night in Seattle against right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (1-3, 6.28).Rogers, 24, was acquired by the Orioles from the New York Yankees as part of the deal for reliever Zach Britton. Ramirez will be making his 18th career appearance against the Orioles, including seven starts. He’s 2-4 with a 2.98 ERA against them. Ramirez last started Wednesday in San Diego when he was rocked for seven runs and nine hits in three innings. WASHINGTON — The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals renew a divisional rivalry Wednesday night when the New York Rangers visit Capital One Arena for the first of four meetings this season.New York will be playing for the second straight night after Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche.Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Shattenkirk converted in the shootout and each had two assists for the Rangers (2-4-0). Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes scored in regulation and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves. New York capped a 2-1 homestand in which all three games were decided by one goal.Article continues below ...Coach David Quinn wanted the Rangers to shoot more and Tuesday they put 43 shots on goal.“Obviously, if we’re going to score goals, we’ve got to get the puck to the net. We took a step forward tonight in that area,” Quinn said. “I thought we got pucks to the net and we went at it a little harder. … So D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey Elite , I thought that was a step in the right direction for us tonight.”The Rangers tallied only their second power-play goal in 18 chances on the seasonQuinn sat right wing Pavel Buchnevich in favor of left wing Cody McLeod.“This guy’s a talented player and I think one of the things he and I have talked about is we just need more out of him consistently,” Quinn said about Buchnevich before the game. “He’s got an awful lot of talent and skill but that’s not going to get you a lot of production offensively if you don’t do the other things you need to do offensively.”The Capitals (2-2-1) have lost two straight and scored two goals in the process.With three days off between games, the Capitals went back to basics. During Sunday’s practice, coach Todd Reirden’s team worked on stick handling drills. At the end of Tuesday’s practice, they worked on faceoffs. The Capitals rank 30th in the league in faceoff win percentage at 43.8.“Yeah, there’s little details that can help our game,” Lars Eller told NBCSportsWashington.com. “The more you have the puck, easier the game is going to be for you. We have a little more time in between games than usual during the season here, so we have the time to work on something like that, which can be little things that makes the difference.”The start of Sunday’s practice involved each Capital getting a puck and skating circles with it around the rink http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/d.j.-swearinger-jersey , working on their handling.“It was a surprise. I don’t think anyone saw that coming,” defenseman Matt Niskanen told the Washington Post. “Some guys just have it, the puck-handling skills. Other guys have to work at it a lot harder or you lose it.”The Capitals went 3-0-1 against the Rangers last season. All of the games were decided by two or fewer goals, and two of the four contests were decided in either overtime or a shootout.Braden Holtby is 10-9-1 with a 2.42 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and one shutout against the Rangers. If Lundqvist goes back-to-back, he is 21-12-5, 2.66, .909 with four shutouts versus Washington.Alex Ovechkin is tied with Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie for the Capitals lead in goals with four. In his career, Ovechkin has scored 611 goals on 128 goaltenders. His most-frequent victim is Marc-Andre Fleury (23) with Lundqvist (22) next.