Links Round-Up

We have lots of links for you today, catching up on the last couple of days of spring training.

Hopefully you got a chance to watch the World Baseball Classic game last night between the USA and Venezuela. It was a Mariners and ex-Rainiers special, with Felix Hernandez squaring off against Drew Smyly and Adam Jones.

Felix looked great, going five scoreless innings allowing just three singles. Most importantly, he did not walk anybody – something to keep an eye on all year as he transitions to more of a finesse pitcher.

Smyly was also impressive against a Venezuela lineup which looks like a major league all-star team. He was on a strict 60-pitch limit and was impressive throughout it.

And then there was the former Rainiers outfielder Jones, who tied the game with an eighth inning homer – his second crucial, clutch hit for the US in the tournament. The US eventually won it, 4-2.

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