The Mariners will be the home team this weekend at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

The San Diego Padres announced Thursday that out of an abundance of caution due to air quality, the series between the Padres and Seattle Mariners would be played in Petco Park instead of Seattle.

The three games were scheduled to be played in Seattle’s T-Mobile Park, but unhealthy air quality due to dozens of wildfires across the Pacific Northwest made that untenable.

Friday’s game will begin at 6:40 p.m., Saturday’s at 6:10 p.m. and Sunday’s at 1:10 p.m. The Mariners will serve as the home team for all three contests in San Diego.

The Padres are 32-19, just 3.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers and appear poised to make the playoffs. The Mariners are 22-27, 8.5 games back of the Oakland Athletics and 4 games back of a wild card spot as they fight to break the longest postseason drought in professional American sports.

— City News Service

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