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Lookout Linkage, 2/12/15

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

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  • A's first baseman Ike Davis claims to have been recovering from valley fever last year as a reason for why he struggled in 2014.
  • Masahiro Tanaka is making good progress on recovering from an elbow injury.
  • Brewers' catcher Jonathan Lucroy will miss 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury.
  • Alex Skillin takes a look at the brand new Padres roster crafted by new GM A.J. Preller.
  • Grant Brisbee wonders which team will be the Padres of next offseason.
  • Many people around baseball are still annoyed by the contract Max Scherzer received from the Nationals.
  • A lot of bad/mediocre teams from last year are looking to contend this year. Grant Brisbee discusses each of these teams.
  • Eno Sarris wonders if umpires in Japan discriminate against foreign players.
  • A Marlins pitcher (probably not who you think) has a changeup pretty similar to that of King Felix's, writes Jeff Sullivan.
  • The Miami Marlins will host the 2017 All-Star Game (and you know what that means for the Home Run Derby).
  • Much like the MLB, college baseball is finding new ways to improve offense.