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Lookout Linkage, 8/12/14

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

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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.