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Lookout Linkage, 4/12/15

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

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everyone! Hope you enjoyed last night's game. Here's some reading to get you going today as we prepare for the rubber match of the series:

  • Jay Yencich of U.S.S. Mariner finishes his minor league preview series by taking a look at the Tacoma Rainiers roster.
  • Shin-Soo Choo was removed from a recent Rangers game due to back spasms.
  • Derek Holland could be out for a couple of months after straining his shoulder.
  • Arte Moreno made some pretty critical comments about Josh Hamilton.
  • C.J. Wilson then fired back at the Angels for their comments on Hamilton.
  • Owen Watson at Fangraphs takes a look at Ian Desmond's defense and wonders how his poor play in the field will affect the kind of contract offers he gets in free agency.
  • The Indians came just two outs shy of no-hitting the Houston Astros on Thursday.
  • The Padres are reported to be on the search for a new shortstop. Dave Cameron of Fangraphs tries to figure out who that shortstop could be.
  • Owen Watson at Fangraphs wonders if the Astros will struggle against certain types of pitchers this season.
  • The Dodgers have acquired pitcher Ryan Webb from the Orioles.
  • Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia will be suspended for 80 games for testing positive for Stanozolol.
  • The Red Sox and Yankees recently played in a 19-inning marathon.
  • Pinstripe Alley thinks the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry is not what it used to be.