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Lookout Linkage, 4/20/14

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News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league.

Without cheating, recognize this guy?
Without cheating, recognize this guy?

Here are your links for an Easter Sunday morning:

  • Hisashi Iwakuma threw a 35-pitch simulated game on Friday, and will do the same today before starting his rehab stint on Tuesday.
  • Stephen Pryor has been reinstated from the 15-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.
  • This will probably cause some flashbacks of sadness, but former Mariners first-rounder Jeff Clement has officially retired from baseball.
  • Former Mariner Ryan Rowland-Smith (aka "The Hyphen") has been DFA'ed by the Diamondbacks, making him now available to the rest of baseball. Rowland-Smith was a guest on a LL podcast last year as well (it's a pretty great one, too).
  • Yet another pair of Texas Rangers find themselves on the DL. This time, it's Jim Adduci and Tanner Scheppers (links to stories for Adduci, Scheppers).
  • Houston Astros top prospect Delino DeShields, Jr. suffered a fractured cheek-bone and will be out for multiple weeks.
  • The Oakland Athletics signed relief pitcher Sean Doolittle to a 5-year extension.
  • Alex Hall of Ahtletics Nation tries to figure out what's wrong with the A's bullpen.
  • Athletics Nation also did a similar study to what Logan did earlier in the year to see if opposite field hitting = success.
  • Grant Brisbee lists the 10 best logos in MLB history.
  • After the rumors that lasted all offseason, Mets' first baseman Ike Davis has finally been traded.
  • Aaron Harang is still very confusing.
  • Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs (on Fox Sports) tries to figure out if umpires are biased against aces or not.
  • Dave Cameron, also on Fangraphs, looks at how the catcher position is changing.
  • For those interested in baseball statistics, The Hardball Times breaks down wOBA and explains why it works.
  • I think I'm going to start a tradition of ending with something humorous. Here's something you actually might have missed from a recent Mariner game.
  • Ok I couldn't resist. Here's another thing.
Feel free to discuss various news, stories, and articles in the comments.