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April 1, 2014 at 11:28 AM

A few lunchtime links and notes

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A few things from opening night …

Here’s the official box score … 03.31.14-Box-Score

Charlie Furbush is expected to be fine after getting hit with a ball last night off the bat of Mike Trout. Manager Lloyd McClendon said the ball struck Furbush on the muscle and not the bone.

Justin Smoak said he knew Kevin Jepsen was trying to go inside on him with the fastball and tried to make an adjustment based on that.

“That first foul ball, the ball almost  hit me on the knuckles,” he said. “I knew he was going to stay inside, so I just tried to get my hands through.”

A year or two ago, there is no way Smoak hits that pitch for a homer. Smoak’s wife also announced on Twitter that she and Justin are expecting their first child. Smoak was curious how everyone knew and then said, “Oh yeah, the Tweeter.”

Logan Morrison didn’t put a ball in play last night. He had three strikeouts and two walks.

From the Mariners … It was Felix Hernandez’s 27th 10+ strikeout game of his career…in club history ranks only behind Randy Johnson (94) and Mark Langston (28)…this is his 4th 10+ strikeout game against the Angels (also:  8/7/11 at LAA, 8/23/13 vs. LAA & 9/22/13 at LAA)…Felix has struck out 10+ batters in each of his last three starts against the Angels…only other pitchers to strike out 10+ Angels in three-or-more consecutive starts are Nolan Ryan (6, 1989-91), Denny McLain (4, 1968) and Randy Johnson (3, 1995).

Abraham Almonte said he didn’t get the best jump on his stolen base attempt in the first inning. But thought he was safe on the play.

“I thought got my hand in before he tagged me on the side,” he said. “But it was close.”

Here’s some of the highlights from last night’s game.

Linkage

There were quite a few links from last night. So let’s get top them.

Here’s my game story on their eight-straight opening day win and Felix Hernandez picking up yet another opening day win.

Here’s the notebook, which leads with Abraham Almonte.

Columnist Larry Stone wrote about the Robinson Cano era beginning for the Mariners.

Todd Dybas wrote this solid feature on Cano for Sports on Earth

The Times’ Take 2 column has a poll on Mariners’ fans feelings after the first game.

Lookout Landing’s game recap

From the OC Register … here’s the game story from Jeff Fletcher. And here’s a column from TJ Simers on Mike Scioscia. 

From the LA Times … Mike DiGiovanna has this story on Don Baylor fracturing his femur while catching the ceremonial first pitch from Vlad Guerrero. Columnist Bill Dwyre wrote this column from this game. 

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