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Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/31/17: Strikeouts for Vets, Rougned Odor, and Jason Williams

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It’s the last Friday before Opening Day!

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Good morning and happy Friday! It’s the last weekday before MLB Opening Day! You can make it. Hopefully these links will help.

In Mariners news...

  • Levis just came out with some new Mariners gear. So if you missed out on M’s flannel night, here’s your chance to make up for it.
  • Felix Hernandez is taking part in “Strikeouts For Vets” an initiative sponsored by Carhartt.
  • Here’s something to mull over...

Around the league...

  • David G. Temple at The Hardball Times wonders if anyone actually benefits from automating intentional walks.
  • Travis Sawchik thinks that the Blue Jays rotation could be sneaky good this season.
  • The Angels starting rotation is uhh...not good.
  • The Rangers have agreed to a six-year contract extension with second baseman Rougned Odor. Part of his deal includes a clause that guarantees Odor a pair of horses. No joke.
  • Taijuan Walker might be ready for a breakout season. As if we haven’t heard that one before.
  • The Cardinals have agreed to a three-year contract extension with Yadier Molina.
  • FiveThirtyEight’s sports staff dives into some pressing baseball questions, such as whether home runs are truly on the rise again.

Anders’ picks...

  • This might be one of the craziest passes I’ve ever seen.
  • Nothing beats Jason Williams’ passes, though.