It's been a while since we've done a links post, and I have no other excuse than my sheer apathy and admit that it's kind of pain putting these things together -- neither of which are valid excuses. So instead of putting you to sleep with a 1,000 word post like I often do, let's do some links ...
Here's the game story from the LA Times' Mike DiGiovanna
Columnist John McGrath believes the Mariners continue to come up short at shortstop. My weekly power rankings are at the bottom of it.
Here's my Sunday column that I wrote on the number of fake Red Sox fans that invaded Safeco this past weekend. Got plenty of emails and comments on it from people.
AUDIO: I forgot to post it over the weekend, I did my weekly segment with Ian Furness on Friday afternoon you can listen to it here.
I was also on with Brock and Salk on 710 ESPN on Friday morning. You can listen to it here.
Speaking of Mike Salk, he has a very interesting blog post comparing how the Mariners handled Brandon Morrow to how the Red Sox handled first-round pick Daniel Bard, who recently got called up. It's good stuff and something Mike and I talked about the other day at length.
Many people believe the Mariners will take UNC first baseman/outfielder Dustin Ackley with the second pick of the draft. Peter Gammons writes about him here.
The Boston Herald's Sean McAdam took a look at some Red Sox coaches who interviewed for the Mariners managerial job, including Terry Francona.
Former Mariners updates ...
Randy Johnson will start on Friday at Safeco Field looking for win 299, KC Star and SI columnist Joe Posnanski has as a column about Johnson and reaching the milestone.
Joel Pineiro tossed his first shutout in quite a while for the Cardinals
Around the AL West
The Rangers finally got beat -- by Dontrelle Willis of all people.
Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci believes the Rangers are for real.
Here's 5 reasons why the Rangers are successful according to Jim Reaves.
Is the A's Bob Geren, the next manager that will be fired?
Around baseball ...
Yahoo's Jeff Passan checks in with the Nats on Stephen Strasburg and they say he won't pitch in the big leagues this season.
Speaking of the draft, here's John Manual's overview of the draft for Baseball America.
USA Today has a this story on back-up catchers.
George Brett has a bit of a moment on a local news station when asked about KC manager Trey Hillman