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In Mariners news...
- Shannon Drayer writes that James Paxton is feeling more comfortable with his new delivery.
- Ben Lindbergh at The Ringer takes a look at Felix’s potential to regain his star status.
- Mariners reliever Caleb Cotham has retired, ending his short stint with the team after signing less than two weeks ago:
After 20 years of playing baseball, I have decided to hang up the spikes. Retiring is a tough decision but excited for what lies ahead!!! pic.twitter.com/gOLOXbmosV— Caleb Cotham (@ceetwo35) March 9, 2017
- Bob Dutton at the Tacoma News-Tribune writes about four early surprises from Mariners camp.
Around the League...
- The MLB has announced that the Cardinals and Pirates will play an August game in Williamsport, PA, the site of the Little League World Series. The stadium in which they will play has a capacity of only 2,500, and tickets will be available only to Little League players and their families.
- Travis Sawchick over at Fangraphs wonders about Brett Lawrie’s future.
- Michael Baumann at The Ringer offers interesting insight into how Rob Manfred has approached his job so far.