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Morning linkage …. McGrath on the Mariners, Saunders homers for Canada and Bedard’s pain in the rear

Greetings, we are back after a sort-of off day. To start the morning, I figured I’d throw up a few links for some reading with your morning coffee.

TNT columnist John McGrath writes that the Mariners are having a better spring than the Angels and Rangers, and he wasn’t talking about on the field.

Oliver Perez picked up the win yesterday in relief for Mexico, pitching one inning with two strikeouts. Here’s my story on Perez’d pride representing his country in the WBC.

Michael Saunders homered for Canada in an exhibition game against the Brewers

Jeff Sullivan

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Mariners close to deal with No. 27 pick Nick Franklin

They’re being seriously cautious discussing progress with their draft picks, but the Seattle Mariners may be on the brink of agreement with high school outfielder Nick Franklin.

Kirby Arnold, the Everett Herald beat writer who not only gets it first he gets it right, found Franklin standing in the Seattle dugout this afternoon with the head of Mariners scouting.

Turns out, the No. 27 overall pick in the June draft is taking a physical tomorrow – as sure a sign as any that the two sides hae all but agreed on a deal.

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LINKAGE: Washburn overrated? Angels still eying Halladay, Guillen goes off

What’s wrong with this picture? Read below.

Today’s Standings

Angels 52-38 .598 —
Rangers 50-41 .549 2.5
Mariners 49-43 .533 4.0
Oakland 39-52 .429 13.5

Quickly a few links about the Mariners.
I mentioned my column from today’s paper. But I also had my Sunday column which gave out midseason awards to the Mariners and around baseball.

My MVP – Felix Hernandez.
My LVP – Carlos Silva

At the bottom of this Ken Rosenthal story that deals mainly with Roy Halladay (like everything these days), it mentions the Mariners have some interest in Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham, but so do a lot of other teams.

SI’ Fan Nation blog says that Jarrod Washburn would be the most overrated player to acquire at the trade deadline. I don’t know that I agree completely with that premise, but I guess I can see where he’s coming from.

USS Mariner’s Dave Cameron explains why Russell Branyan’s production has fallen off.

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LINKAGE: Monday morning smorgasbord

Wow, what a game yesterday. I will admit, there were times I just wanted it to be over, but in the end, you always feel special being at games like that.

Let’s get to some links to get your work week started …

AUDIO: I forgot to post it this weekend, but I did my usual appearance on the Ian Furness show on Friday, you can listen to that interview here.

From yesterday’s thrilling 15-inning marathon …

Here’s my game story and here’s the

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LINKAGE: Mariners open season with a win

Wow, that seemed relatively easy. Get good pitching, pick up a few timely hits, move runners along and make the play defensively. Not rocket science but harder than you think.

Lash had the duties in Minnesota. Here’s his game story.

Here’s a notebook leading with Mike Sweeney being with a team on opening day for a 13th season when there was some doubt whether he would make it.

Lash also had a story talking with the nervous energy

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LINKAGE: Arizona greetings, Strasburg love and Angels injuries

It’s official I’m in Peoria, along with my new roommate Larry LaRue, who was kind enough to allow me to stay with him for the next 10 days. I arrived here in Arizona after leaving snow-covered Tacoma to 70 degree temps and ready to see some baseball, unfortunately the Mariners had the day off, so tomorrow I’ll have to wait till tomorrow when the Cubs and Loouuuuuuuuuuuuu come to Peoria. Speaking of Lou, he’s losing patience with some of his hitters. I like it when Lou loses his patience.

So as the title suggest, it’s a links post.

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LINKAGE: Ichiro in a slump? Not again

AP Photo

Since I’m like many of you – reduced to reading about baseball instead of watching it – I thought I’d give you a glimpse into some of the stuff I’ve been finding on the internet over the last few days.

It seems that Ichiro Suzuki is battling a hitting slump as the Japanese team prepares for the World Baseball Classic. Obviously, Ichiro not hitting is mildly newsworthy, but come on, it is spring training. Still, not hitting for the Japanese national team and defending WBC championship team is

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Baseball America releases its Top 100 prospects list

TNT file photo

Baseball America has released its annual top 100 prospects in baseball list. And the Mariners placed four players in the list – outfielder Greg Halman (57th), outfielder Michael Saunders (65th)(pictured above), shortstop Carlos Triunfel (89th) and pitcher Phillippe Aumont (93rd).

Greg Halman

Their top prospect is Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters with Tampa Bay lefty David Price No. 2. And just to note, right-hander Chris Tillman, who the Mariners gave up in the Erik Bedard

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