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Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/15/17: Smyly vs. King Felix, Kiermaier Extension, This Is Us

The ace of our rotation squares off against this year’s big addition to it.

Mariners fan favorite Mitch Haniger led that offensive charges in a 7-6 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday.
The Spokesman Review

Happy Felix Day!

Tomorrow, I board a plane to sunny Phoenix, Arizona to catch a few Cactus League games and drink a few adult beverages, but today I provide you some interesting stories to start your day!

In Mariners news...

  • The M’s put an end to their short two game skid. James Paxton was his typical ace-like self, tossing four innings of three-hit, one-run baseball. Mitch Haniger and Tyler Smith each collected six total bases including this here triple by Haniger:

And this homer by very hopeful backup utilityman Tyler Smith, his second in three days:

  • Nick Vincent gave up another home run. If you’re following along at home, he’s now given one up in each of his four appearances this spring. It’s not all bad though. It led Nathan Bishop reposting this work of art:
  • In a matchup that, for better or worse, will have the attention of Mariners’ fans far and wide, King Felix and Venezuela square off against the Drew Smyly and the United States at 6:00pm PT.
  • Up two runs with four outs to go, Puerto Rico brought in M’s closer Edwin Diaz, who threw all of one pitch to former Mariner Adrian Beltre before current Mariner Nelson Cruz committed a TOOTBLAN, topped off by a pretty awesome tag.

Diaz went on to strike out Jean Segura looking to end the game.

Around the league...

Ben’s Picks...

  • At the risk of turning any readers away from ever reading another thing I write, an actress from several shows I like—Rachel Bilson—was cast as a series regular in Nashville, which is a show that I currently like.
  • This winter’s primetime darling This Is Us delivered their season finale, which elicited tears from many viewers.
  • The Walking Dead Volume 27 (I have all 27 volumes) was delivered to me over the weekend, and I’ve been saving it to read on my flight down to spring training tomorrow. Any other TWD readers out there?