May 3, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners center fielder Michael Saunders (55) congratulates Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) on his two run homer in the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Links, Cinco de Mayo

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Happy Mexican Independence day only celebrated in America, everybody! While you rise and shine to watch yet another 10:07 PT Mariners game north of the border (the Canadian one), here are some links from around the blogosphere for some good reading.

  • Mariners.com contributor Chris Toman detailed Michael Saunders’ successwhen he plays in his native Canada.

    May 3, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) hits a 2 run homer in the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

    Saunders hit two home runs yesterday and added an RBI double to raise his season average to .300.

  • In the same article, Toman discussed Kyle Seager’s success against lefties. He took lefty Ricky Romero deep in the fourth inning Friday for a two-run shot that gave Felix Hernandez an insurmountable cushion.
  • Larry Stone broke down Nick Franklin’s quality performance in Tacoma and discussed his readiness for the big show.
  • Stone moved the Mariners up to No. 21 in his power rankings this week. His tagline: “Felix and ‘Kuma, and the rest are a trade ruma. Har har.
  • In case you missed it, our very own JJ Keller considered Dustin Ackley’s recent improvements and whether he has actually become better. Mind you, this was before his grand salami yesterday.
  • Lookout Landing’s Brandon Gawlowski discussed Hector Noesi’s viability as a reliever.

Just like that, Kyle Seager has already doubled. Such a baller. Check back postgame for news and notes.

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Tags: Grand Salami Kyle Seager Michael Saunders Nick Franklin Seattle Mariners

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