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Lookout Linkage, 8/12/14

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

Greg Fiume

Yesterday was fun. Before we do it again today, here's what you might have missed in the past couple of days:

  • Michael Saunders is currently on paternity leave.
  • Blue Jays' Adam Lind is set to return to action in tonight's game against Seattle.
  • The Spokane Indians recently threw an extra-inning no-hitter against the Everett Aquasox.
  • Jeff Sullivan at U.S.S. Mariner talks about where the M's are at right now.
  • Has Robinson Cano's power returned? Tyler Carmont of Prospect Insider thinks so.
  • August Fagerstrom at Fangraphs looks at baseball's best and worst benches this year (not the wooden seats, but the players who sit on them).
  • Big blows to the Tigers' playoff aspirations, as Sanchez, Soria, and now also Verlander have landed on the DL.
  • The Angels have also lost Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery.
  • Cee Angi thinks the Angels are skating on thin ice these days.
  • And finally in this edition of injury news for competing teams, Orioles' third baseman Manny Machado left a game after twisting his knee.
  • The Royals have acquired outfielder Josh Willingham from the Twins to aid their playoff push.
  • Good news for those of you who are restricted from watching certain games due to MLB's blackout rules.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs looks at the rest-of-the-season strength of schedule ratings for all teams.
  • Grant Brisbee supports Bryce Harper's smearing the Braves' logo.
  • Bob Nightengale writes about how the 1994 strike, now 20 years removed from present day, impacted baseball.