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Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/15/17: Thyago Vieira, Tim Tebow, and Joey Votto

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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Oakland Athletics Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Hello folks and happy Tuesday! I know the last several days have been rough on all of us as Mariners fans. Yesterday’s game was really a doozy, and today the M’s are throwing out a starter I’ve never actually seen throw a game before in Andrew Albers.

Somehow the M’s are still just 2.5 out of the second wild card spot. So...please be good Andrew.

In Mariners news...

  • In case you missed it, Brazilian fireballer Thyago Vieira made an impression in his MLB debut.

In Mariners minors news...

  • Infielder Nick Zammarelli was incredible for the Clinton LumberKings in their 5-2 victory yesterday, collecting four hits in as many tries. Zamm now has four multi-hit games in his last five contests, raising his slash line to .273/.341/.406 on the season.
  • The Tacoma Rainiers fell to the Reno Aces last night 8-4, but some familiar faces went yard.
  • A couple of minor leaguers were excited about Vieira’s M’s debut.

Around the league...

  • Khris Davis tackled a really interesting issue in his piece with The Players’ Tribune: the mental demons some players fight while on the field.
  • Tim Tebow is one tough cookie: the Mets minor leaguer took a baseball to the cranium and still played the rest of the game.
  • Federal Baseball reviews the five stages of grief as it relates to Bryce Harper’s injury.
  • Watch this Yankees fan go through a whole range of emotions as Aroldis Chapman gives up a walk-off dinger to the young Rafael Devers.
  • Chapman just hasn’t been himself lately. Jeff Sullivan investigates why.
  • Yesterday was a weird day for the Yankees. Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, and Gary Sanchez all hit their 40th career homers in the same game.
  • The Marlins may remove their huge home run sculpture in the outfield. The new ownership group isn’t a big fan of it.
  • It’s still just the middle of August, but Giancarlo Stanton has set the Marlins record for number of homers in a single season with 43. Wasn’t it just a couple of days ago that we noted Giancarlo had 40 longballs?
  • Joey Votto is now 34, but he’s performing historically well offensively for someone of his age.
  • Congrats to Chad Bettis!
  • Joe Maddon loves to stir things up. He utilized a four-man outfield against Votto. Sam Miller of ESPN wonders what this means for the game.
  • Here’s your laugh for the day.