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Lookout Linkage, 4/7/15

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

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

As I'm sure you're aware, the regular season is now underway. Here's the latest from all around the league now that everyone has played a game:

  • Jeff Sullivan at U.S.S. Mariner has his yearly "If It Goes Right" post up.
  • Jeff also notes the dramatics of last night's game and analyzes the different career paths of Jered Weaver and Felix Hernandez.
  • The Indians have signed reining AL Cy Young Award-winner Corey Kluber to a five-year contract extension.
  • Cleveland also inked started Carlos Carrasco to a four-year extension.
  • The Royals have given ace Yordano Ventura a five-year extension.
  • The Red Sox signed starter Rick Porcello to a four-year contract extension.
  • Ex-Mariner Brandon Morrow will start the season as the Padres' #5 starter.
  • Matt Cain is likely headed to the DL with a flexor tendon strain.
  • The Washington Nationals will host the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, which will be the fourth straight event hosted by an NL team.
  • Pinstripe Alley isn't too concerned about Masahiro Tanaka's declining velocity.
  • August Fagerstrom at Fangraphs notices an early change in how teams are utilizing the second spot in their batting order.
  • The Padres and Braves made a blockbuster trade, moving Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton to San Diego.
  • Chris Mitchell at Fangraphs scouts the prospects involved in the trade.
  • The Padres' acquisition of Upton adds to a strange trend in San Diego.
  • The Braves immediately DFA'd newly-acquired outfielder Carlos Quentin.
  • Check out this story on Don Zimmer's wife, who documented every day of his career.
  • Sonny Gray came very close to throwing a no-hitter yesterday.
  • Wrigley Field was having some issues with its bathroom facilities in the first game of the season.
  • A Yankee fan had an unfortunate misfire on an attempt to throw a home run ball back to the field.