Padres-Mariners series moved from Seattle to Petco Park due to poor air quality

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SAN DIEGO — The Padres will play the Mariners at Petco Park this weekend.

The teams’ series has been moved from Seattle due to poor air quality in western Washington caused by wildfires burning in California and Oregon.

The Padres will be the visiting team in each game. Friday’s game will start at 6:40 p.m. PDT, Saturday’s at 6:10 and Sunday’s at 1:10.

The Mariners will come to San Diego from San Francisco. They are completing a series Thursday afternoon against the Giants that was postponed and moved to Oracle Park due to the smoky air in Seattle.

The Padres had postponed their flight initially scheduled to leave Wednesday evening. It was determined Thursday morning that the air quality had not improved enough for the games to be played as scheduled.

The Padres also learned Thursday that they will play two seven-inning games Sept. 25 in San Francisco in order to make up the game lost during their series against the Giants at Petco Park last weekend. A Giants player’s positive test result (later deemed to have been a false positive) caused postponement of the team’s games last Friday and Saturday. The teams made up one of those games with a doubleheader Sunday.

The Giants will be the home team in the first game Sept. 25, scheduled to start at 4:10 p.m. The Padres will be the home team in the second game. The teams conclude the regular season with games Sept. 26 and 27 at Oracle Park.

The Padres lead the Giants by 6 1/2 games in the race for second place in the National League West. The Padres have nine games remaining, the Giants 12. Any combination of five Padres wins or Giants losses clinches second place for the Padres.

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