(1090 The Fan / Sports Network) – While the Mariners’ season has technically been “over” for some time, The Kansas City Royals are still playing for something. Kansas City is trying to snap their lengthy playoff drought by staying within reachable distance of a Wild Card spot.

The four game series between the two AL clubs resumes today.

The last time the Royals made the playoffs was back in 1985, when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in a seven-game World Series.

Bruce Chen gets the call for the Royals Tuesday and he is 6-2 with a 2.79 earned run average in 28 games (9 starts). Chen was 0-2 in three outings before holding Minnesota to a run in 5 2/3 innings of last Thursday’s 3-1 victory.

The veteran left-hander has faced Seattle 13 times (9 starts) in his career and owns a 4-1 mark to go along with a 3.23 ERA.

Erasmo Ramirez heads to the mound for Seattle — he’s 5-1 with a 5.18 ERA this season. Ramirez has never faced the Royals.

The Mariners went 7-1 against the Royals last season.

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