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Madden: Yankees just one of several teams in the playoff mix looking gassed in final month

They should still feel comfortable about the wild card, however, if only because the nearest challenger for the second one, the Mariners, have been in an almost complete freefall since the calendar turned from July to August. On July 30, the Mariners were 63-43, in second place in the AL West, just three games behind the Astros. Since then, they’ve gone 15-19 to fall nine games behind the Astros, in third place, and 5 1/2 games behind the A’s for the second wild card.

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