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Safeco Concession Stands Closed

<i> Associated Press</i>

The Seattle Mariners and catering contractor Volume Services shut down eight Safeco Field concessions stands before Friday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles because of equipment problems, team spokesman Randy Adamack said.

King County inspectors found dozens of health-code violations during two inspections of concession stands during the Mariners’ first homestand at the new $517-million stadium. A July 22 inspection found 26 “red critical” violations, meaning they had to be immediately corrected because they posed the threat of illness.

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David Segui’s debut with the Toronto Blue Jays was delayed a day as the recently acquired switch-hitter dropped his appeal of a one-game suspension and sat out Friday night’s 8-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. . . . Catcher Jesse Levis, who asked the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to release him this week, signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians, who traded him away in 1996, for the remainder of the season. . . . The Indians’ Manny Ramirez escaped injury when his car was hit from the rear in a four-car chain-reaction accident Thursday night in Westlake, Ohio.

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