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Mariners Moose Tracks, 4/12/17: Jake Brentz, Yoenis Cespedes, and Tony Romo

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Good morning folks! Happy Wednesday to you all. Yesterday didn’t quite go as planned for the Mariners, and the team is still in a rut at 2-7. But things can turn around quickly. Tonight the M’s will go for the series win, which will be a big step in recovering from an early-season slide.

For now, here are some links to get your day started.

In Mariners news...

  • Jose Altuve got an up-close-and-personal look at Taylor Motter’s glorious mane.

Around the league...

  • Grant Brisbee lists the five AL West players who will make the biggest impact on 2017.
  • You can add Adrian Beltre to the list of injured players in baseball.
  • Ben Lindbergh at The Ringer wonders if the World Baseball Classic has actually increased the rate of injuries in baseball.
  • We’ve seen something like this before, but a dad wrote to every MLB team in order to help his son pick a favorite team.
  • Former Mariners farmhand Jake Brentz impressed in his debut with the Pirates organization.
  • Marc Normandin introduced the Cubsvillainy meter to judge how evil the Cubs are becoming.
  • Jeff Sullivan takes an early look at the biggest fastball velocity changes. Apparently Yovani Gallardo has gained quite a bit of speed on his heater.
  • Brisbee analyzes the Cincinnati Reds’ special events jerseys for the season.
  • Outfielder Brennan Boesch has officially hung ‘em up. I had no idea the guy was still playing.
  • Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is not a fan of bat flipping.
  • Yoenis Cespedes homered three times yesterday in an absolute rout of the Phillies.
  • Because even the baseball part of the internet can’t get away from cats, a wild feline got loose at the Marlins game last night.

Anders’ picks...

  • Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wanted to sign Tony Romo to play a game for the Mavs, but the commissioner shut it down.