Bronx first stop in quirky road trip for Mariners

Bronx first stop in quirky road trip for Mariners

NEW YORK -- Before returning home to face New York, the Mariners face a strange series of games, opponents and sleep schedules on the East Coast.

After flying through the night to New York since taking a series victory over Detroit at home, Seattle will travel to Atlanta after Monday's makeup game against the Yankees. After two games in Atlanta, the Mariners will head further south for a concluding four-game set in St. Petersburg. They'll get one of the two June off-days on Thursday preceding the Rays series.

"It's weird travel," said Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak. "[New York] for a day, Atlanta for basically a day and a half. Finally [we] get an off-day in [St. Petersburg]. We're on a stretch of 36 in 37 days, so it's definitely not easy. You've just got to battle and grind through it."

Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com.& This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.