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Lookout Linkage, 8/10/14

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

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Somewhat of a mini-linkage today before the day game. Here's what you need to know:
  • Willie Bloomquist is out for the season.
  • George Springer has suffered a setback in his attempts to get back from a quad strain.
  • Derek Holland has thrown a couple of rehab starts now and might be ready to return in the next couple of weeks.
  • The Washington Post rated the best baseball cities for ballpark beer.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs discusses the M's and their amazing run prevention this season.
  • Brendan Gawlowski of Prospect Insider argues that Brandon Maurer deserves a chance to start in 2015.
  • Here's the latest on the O's and Nats dispute over the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
  • Grant Brisbee wonders if the Dodgers could have done things differently at the deadline.
  • The MLB is making steps towards improving head protection for pitchers.
  • Yasiel Puig is strong. Or maybe his bat is just weak.