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Lookout Linkage, 4/26/15

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

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Hey everyone! Here's the latest from around the league to get your day started:

  • Marc W of U.S.S. Mariner makes a couple of Mariners-related observations based on the first few weeks of the season.
  • Hisashi Iwakuma has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 lat strain and should miss 2-4 weeks.
  • The M's are reportedly taking a look at reliever Rafael Soriano.
  • Bob Dutton of The News Tribune appears on a new edition of the MLB Trade Rumors podcast.
  • Eno Sarris at Fangraphs takes a look at whether or not Brad Miller's putting on weight will help him succeed this season.
  • The Rangers are on the verge of re-acquiring outfielder Josh Hamilton.
  • Neil Weinburg of Fangraphs wonders if Rangers' starter Nick Martinez is for real.
  • Ben Zobrist of the A's will be out for some time after getting knee surgery.
  • Amazin' Avenue is pretty confident in the Mets' chances of making the playoffs.
  • Dave Cameron, however, is not as impressed by the Mets' hot start.
  • Tigers' closer Joe Nathan is out for the season after tearing his UCL.
  • Former Mariner Mike Carp has signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers.
  • Ichiro recently broke a record set by Sadaharu Oh.
  • Dave Cameron at Fangraphs thinks the role of the closer is slowly becoming extinct.
  • Pete Rose will now be allowed to participate in All-Star Game festivities, as it appears MLB is moving closer and closer to possibly reinstating him.
  • Rob Manfred is holding out hope that Major League Baseball might be able to play exhibition games in Cuba next season.
  • Royals' starter Yordano Ventura found himself involved in yet another in-game brawl.
  • Suspensions have been handed down for the Royals-White Sox brawl.