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Athletics-Mariners doubleheader played under haze of smoke in Seattle

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SEATTLE — Monday’s doubleheader between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners was played with a haze of smoke hovering above the field at T-Mobile Park, even with the retractable roof of the stadium closed. Wildfires on the West Coast have suffocated much of the Pacific Northwest with unhealthy air conditions that brought into question whether the games would even be played. The air quality index in the Seattle area surpassed 200 on Monday, a number considered “very unhealthy.” “No one said a word,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I heard 200 was the cutoff level to start and my understanding is it was way over that, both games.” Melvin said several players were complaining during the second game about how bad the air was on the field. “I’m a healthy 22-year-old. I shouldn’t be gasping for air or missing oxygen. I’ll leave it at that,”