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Lookout Linkage, 8/17/14

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

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

We've got breakfast with the Mariners today. Here are some stories to get you prepared for today's series finale:

  • Michael Saunders is back to his rehab stint and will be evaluated soon for a return to the big club.
  • Jabari Blash returns from his 50-game suspension this weekend.
  • There is now a tie for the AL West lead.
  • The A's have been struggling lately, and David Schoenfeld of ESPN is a little worried.
  • Schoenfeld also argues that the home plate collision problem has hardly been resolved.
  • The Tigers have called up former A's closer Jim Johnson.
  • Carlos Gonzalez is out for the season.
  • Rob Manfred is MLB's new commissioner (starting 2015).
  • If you're not paying attention to the Little League World Series, chances are you're missing a pretty interesting story.
  • Grant Brisbee talks about what would be the headlines if the first half didn't happen.
  • Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs explores who is the proud owner of baseball's worst pitch.
  • Matt Swartz of The Hardball Times takes a very interesting look on what players of different ethnic backgrounds earn compared to one another.
  • Miss Texas threw out the first pitch for the Rangers and it wasn't pretty.