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Lookout Linkage, 5/31/15

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

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  • Masahiro Tanaka's long-awaited return will come against the Mariners on Wednesday.
  • Rafael Soriano, a player the M's have been rumored to be interested in, has switched agencies.
  • The Oakland A's have been terrible this year in close games.
  • Just a few days after returning, Sean Doolittle might be headed for another DL stint.
  • Scott Feldman is out for six weeks after undergoing knee surgery.
  • The Astros are looking at outside options to replace their starter.
  • Neil Weinberg at Fangraphs notices that Prince Fielder is swinging a lot more often and it might be helping him.
  • AZ Snake Pit takes a look at how each umpire has been calling the strike zone this season.
  • David Schoenfeld at ESPN SweetSpot wonders if Jon Lester is the worst batter ever.
  • Jayson Werth is out for at least two months due to wrist fractures.
  • Jeff Sullivan wonders which teams have changed the most so far this season.
  • The University of Tokyo baseball team has snapped a titanic losing streak.
  • More than half of baseball fans still prefer having the pitcher hit to having a designated hitter.
  • Marlins' second baseman Dee Gordon quite literally couldn't believe that Dan Jennings was going to be the team's manger.
  • If you're a fan of bat flips, you'll love this video from South Korea.