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Mariners Moose Tracks, 6/7/17: King Felix, Max Scherzer, and Scooter Gennett

Some links to get your Wednesday started off right.

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Happy Wednesday folks! The Mariners had a heckuva showing against the Twins last night. Let’s hope that can carry over into a win today, which would get them back to .500. Meanwhile, here’s some news from around the sport.

In Mariners news...

  • Felix Hernandez had a pretty smooth outing for Tacoma last night.

Around the league...

  • Birds sure do love baseballs.
  • David Kagan at The Hardball Times takes a look at how LED lighting has affected the way that ballparks operate.
  • Complete games are becoming increasingly rare for starting pitchers. In order for it to happen, a pitcher has to be very economical with his pitches.
  • Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson is not having a very good season, but he’s still making the news. The youngster just donated a new sound system to Vanderbilt, his alma mater.
  • Max Scherzer is still getting better. The righty struck out 14 batters yesterday in a game against the Dodgers.
  • It should also be noted that Scherzer needs to maybe calm down a little.
  • It’s only a matter of time before Andrew McCutchen leaves Pittsburgh. But he’s going to have to turn things around quickly if he’s going to get any sort of value back for the Pirates.
  • Sam Dyson has finally found a new home.
  • Of course, nobody knows what Sam Dyson can still provide for a major league team.
  • No surprise here: the Ogden Raptors pulled the plug on “hourglass appreciation night.”
  • Mike Schmidt doesn’t think that Odubel Herrera can be a leader for the Phillies because he’s a native Spanish speaker. Schmidt immediately apologized to Herrera for his statement.
  • Speaking of controversial remarks, Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy said that Masahiro Tanaka shouldn’t be allowed to have a translator during mound visits.
  • Ben Lindbergh isn’t completely convinced that the Astros are as great as everyone is saying they are.
  • The Rays are going to have to start pandering to millennials if they want to stick around in Tampa Bay long term.
  • Scooter Gennett — of all players — joined the four homer club with four longballs in yesterday’s game. Zach Kram thinks he was only able to do it because the ball is juiced.