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Video: Mariners midseason report with Shannon Drayer and Boy Howdy

With a break in Major League Baseball action this week for the All-Star festivities, it’s as good a time as any to bring back the team of Mariners insider Shannon Drayer and 710 ESPN Seattle’s James “Boy Howdy” Osborn to take stock of what we’ve learned so far this season.

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In the latest “vodcast” – or video podcast – featuring the pair, they look at a myriad of Mariners topics. Here’s just a sampling of what they cover in the nearly 45-minute video:

• Domingo Santana’s defense
• Which players are not available on the trade market (it’s a very short list)
• In-depth breakdowns of Mallex Smith, Yusei Kikuchi and Kyle Seager
• The options to be Seattle’s super utility player of the future
• Which prospects to expect to join the team by the end of the season

If you’d rather just listen along, click here for an audio-only podcast.

We’ll have a few stories on in the coming days taking a closer look at some of the topics discussed by Drayer and Osborn. Until then, go to any of the links below for more M’s coverage.

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Don’t forget to tune in to the return of Mariners baseball this weekend on 710 ESPN Seattle, as they’ll be in Anaheim to take on the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game series. Game 1 is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday, with the pregame show kicking things off at 6, while Saturday’s game will be at 6:07 p.m. and Sunday’s series finale will be at 1:07 p.m.