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Mariners-Royals series coming late in season

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KANSAS CITY -- It's not often that two teams meet for the first time in September, but this season that's the case for the Royals and Mariners.

After their four-game series in Kansas City, the Royals and Mariners will meet in Seattle for three games starting Sept. 23.

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KANSAS CITY -- It's not often that two teams meet for the first time in September, but this season that's the case for the Royals and Mariners.

After their four-game series in Kansas City, the Royals and Mariners will meet in Seattle for three games starting Sept. 23.

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"It's definitely odd, but with the new Interleague schedule and all that, I guess teams have to do that," first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "We see these guys in Spring Training a lot, so it's not completely new."

This is the latest that Seattle has met an American League opponent for the first time, discounting the strike-interrupted 1981 season. Previously, the latest they'd faced an AL team was Aug. 17, 2004, when they also faced the Mariners.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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