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Mariners Moose Tracks 8/15/18: Shane Baz, Yasiel Puig, and MLB to Portland

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A late-night brawl headlines today’s news.

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There’s a whole lot to take in from yesterday and today in the world of baseball, but we’ve got you covered here. We start, as always, at home, with the Mariners:

In Mariners news...

  • Felix Hernandez ticked a few milestones in his first MLB relief appearance. The King passed Jamie Moyer for 41st in MLB history in strikeouts.
  • Félix also became the 2nd-most prolific starter (398 starts) to ever debut in the bullpen, trailing only Mike Mussina and his 498 GS before a relief appearance.
  • In less historic but more pressing news, in case you missed it, the news is NOT GREAT but NOT A DISASTER for James Paxton. The lefty is likely to miss a start or two with a left forearm contusion, but escaped without a broken bone.
  • Paxton will likely hit the DL, with a reliever presumably inbound after Félix went 5.2 IP last night and the bullpen down to 7 already.
  • The Tacoma Rainiers have a strong business model for a minor league team.

Around the league...

  • Cleveland ace and Cy Young contender Trevor Bauer will spend an indeterminate amount of time on the DL with a stress fracture in his foot.
  • The Pirates completed the deal for Chris Archer with a hefty PTBNL - Top-100 prospect RHP Shane Baz.
  • If finding the next Shane Baz (who may one day be the next Trevor Bauer) is what you’re into, one of the most high-profile high school tournaments will take place later this August.
  • The Oregonian and former umpire Jim Joyce note that the apathy between the Oakland A’s ownership and their fanbase makes them a perfect candidate to move up to Portland.
  • Miguel Montero remembered his roots, returning to the same hallway 17 years later with a new batch of excited Dominican youths.
  • Speaking of players who were intriguing in 2011, long-time Royals pitcher and the 1st pick in the 2006 MLB draft Luke Hochevar has officially retired.
  • Derek Jeter is attempting to build on his legend in Miami. Despite a rocky start, Jerry Crasnick writes that the Marlins have reason for hope in No. 2.
  • In less star-studded PTBNL news, the Rangers received 1B Alexander Ovalles to complete the Cole Hamels trade with the Cubs.
  • The youth of baseball right now are honestly as exciting as they have been in 20 years, and I hope you all get a chance to see some non-Mariners baseball on occasion.
  • Nate Freiman wrote a brilliant data-based exposé on the steady improvement of the strike zone as you progress through the minor leagues.
  • Ben Zobrist got tossed from the game yesterday. He decided to stick a blow in favor of robot umpires as he left.
  • After a brawl in Los Angeles between the Dodgers and the Giants, Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley may be in danger of suspensions, the former of which could impact Seattle’s series with LA this weekend. This... weird interaction appears to be the ignition point?
  • The umpires on the scene had little interest in detailing the experience, unfortunately.

John’s picks...

  • I know this was a bit of a beast, but a lot happened, and I’m sure we missed some gems. I’ll be brief - the thing I enjoyed going through the most yesterday was this - the 14th annual reader-submitted underwater photography competition from Scuba Diving magazine. The header photo alone is sensational, but the whole collection is a hoot. Tell me what you think!