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Lookout Linkage, 4/20/14

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

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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.