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Mariners Moose Tracks, 4/8/17: Sticky Baseballs Part II, Michael Pineda, and Grasshoppers

Nothing says “happy Saturday” like a fresh batch of links!

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It’s the weekend, everybody! You may be upset about the Mariners slow start, but things could be a lot worse; the St. Louis Cardinals now have serious reason to question the reality of gravity. I mean, if Brett Cecil claims he didn’t doctor the ball that stuck to Yadier Molina’s chest protector on Thursday, it really makes you wonder what kept that ball afloat. While I cannot provide an explanation for such a physical impossibility, I can help you kick your weekend off with some news from around the league.

In Mariners News...

  • Max Povse followed up Andrew Moore’s impressive debut for the Arkansas Travelers, spinning seven scoreless innings of his own.
  • If you enjoy eating bugs, you’ll love the newest addition to Safeco Field’s concession stands.
  • Former Mariner Joaquin Benoit may deserve some credit for Dan Altavilla’s new and improved slider.

Around the league...

  • Despite consistently impressive FIP numbers, Michael Pineda struggles to prevent opponents from scoring.
  • Fifty-second time’s the charm? After starting his career 0-for-51 at the plate, Wei-Yin Chen recorded his first major league hit.

Luke’s Picks...

  • Yesterday was a big day for Seattle music.

Go M’s.