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Mariners Moose Tracks, 4/11/17: Grasshoppers, Michael Pineda, and Franklin Gutierrez

Happy Tuesday folks!

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
Hard to believe this guy was ever a Mariner
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everyone! James Paxton and the Mariners got themselves in the win column yesterday in the home opener, which will certainly improve spirits inside the fan base. Today the M’s will try to capture the series win tonight in the second game of the series.

But for now, let’s check out what’s happening around baseball.

In Mariners news...

  • A couple of Lookout Landing writers tried out Safeco Field’s new snack.
  • Eric Longenhagen at Fangraphs took a peek at the Mariners top 16 prospects.

Around the league...

  • Michael Pineda came pretty close to tossing a perfect game against the Rays yesterday, losing it with two outs in the seventh. People are blaming Martha Stewart for jinxing it.
  • Matt Ellis appeared in Short Relief with Baseball Prospectus to discuss Pineda’s outing.
  • Jay Jaffe picks out some landmarks that still have to be reached in Major League Baseball.
  • Former Braves outfielder Otis Nixon was found safe after going missing for a couple of days.
  • Dave Cameron notes that baseball is getting ever closer to being just a three-true-outcome game.
  • It looks like the Mets may have stolen the Mariners’ swelmet idea.
  • Mallex Smith could become a bunting specialist, notes David Laurila at Fangraphs.
  • Things must be getting pretty bad in Philadelphia. Joaquin Benoit was just named the team’s new closer.
  • In what was a really cool gesture by the team, the Royals allowed Yordano Ventura’s mom to throw out the first pitch at Kansas City’s home opener.
  • The injuries keep piling up around baseball. Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will be out for four weeks with a biceps strain.
  • Baseball has actually gotten a little bit slower, writes Jeff Sullivan.
  • Franklin Gutierrez can’t keep himself on the field. Now a member of the Dodgers, Guti was removed from the game yesterday with a hamstring issue.

Anders’ picks...

  • It’s been a while since I posted one of these, so check out the newest video from Northeastern University’s Nor’easters.