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Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/16/17: Christian Bergman, Marco Estrada, and Angel Hernandez

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Halfway done with the work week!

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Hello everyone! The Mariners got back in the win column yesterday, so today is a good day. Seattle will go for the series victory in a day game today. Here are some links to get your morning going as you await the lunch-time contest.

In Mariners news...

  • In case you missed it, the Mariners DFA’d Christian Bergman. Full credit to staff writer Ben Thoen for tweeting this just two days ago.

In Mariners minors news...

  • The Modesto Nuts are now in first place again thanks to a 4-2 victory over Rawhide. Reggie McClain had another strong start, making it back-to-back good ones for the right-hander.
  • A couple of LumberKings bullpen arms have been on hot streaks lately.
  • The Arkansas Travelers came away with a 9-2 win yesterday, thanks in large part to this incredible performance:

Around the league...

  • For one Purple Row writer, Chad Bettis returning from cancer to pitch in another outing with his favorite team was the best game he’d ever seen.
  • Marco Estrada has been claimed by a #MysteryTeam. Before you get too excited though, the team is reportedly in the AL East.
  • Tim Tebow was asked to say hello to a fan’s grandmother and he agreed. The lady was very pleased.
  • MLB games have actually gotten longer this season — although only by 5 minutes on average.
  • What a bizarre season.
  • The Mets now have two outfielders from the eastern Seattle suburbs in Michael Conforto and Travis Snider.
  • The Miami Dolphins have agreed to a contract with wide receiver Trey Griffey — Junior’s son.
  • The Astros and Tigers have discussed a deal involving Justin Verlander but a trade does not appear to be imminent.
  • Ian Kinsler called out umpire Angel Hernandez for “ruining baseball games.”
  • Joey Votto has reached base twice or more in each of the last 20 games. He’s just one game short of Ted Williams’ MLB record.