The Mariners resume their regular season after playing a handful of meaningful spring training games since their return from Japan. Jason Vargas starts tonight against Brandon McCarthy — making it the second time both of these teams have seen these pitchers in the past two weeks. If you need a quick fix, Lookout Landing recorded a podcast on Thursday. Mariners (1-1) at Oakland (1-1), 7:05pm, ROOT SPORTS, Tied for first place.
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- The Tacoma Rainiers' season began on Thursday. Here's a season preview with some solid analysis from USS Mariner.
- Seattle mayor, MIke McGinn and local sports hero Chris Hansen answered the critics of the new proposed arena site on Thursday in a press conference. Hansen said he's willing to foot the bill for a transportation study if necessary, and he also stated the arena could be built without a guarantee of an NHL team.
- Five-star basketball recruit, forward Anthony Bennett has Washington in his final five along with Oregon, Florida, Kentucky and UNLV. Why would he not choose Kentucky? Don't get your hopes up Husky fans.
- Ryan Leaf will spend a month in jail per Sports Press NW.
- Do you want to stay updated on the careers of former Huskies in the NBA? If you're like me and can't stand to watch an NBA game, check out this YouTube account by TheDarweb. This user has clips every notable Isaiah Thomas and Quincy Pondexter game.
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