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The Blitz with Lydia Cruz

Lydia Cruz hosts The Blitz weekdays 6am to 7am on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Monday, June 18, 2018

June 18, 2018

The Mariners go 5-2 on their latest homestand after splitting a four game series with the Boston Red Sox. This weekend had it all; a pinch-hit, game-winning double by Denard Span, a two-hit performance by Wade LeBlanc and Edwin Díaz firing on all cylinders. Later in the hour, Fox MLB reporter Jon Paul Morosi explains what makes the Mariners so good in one-run ball games. We also hear from Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on the origins of "Mr. Unlimited" and the intricacies of a Shottenheimer offense. The show wraps with The Hot List.... Brooks Koepka becomes the first back-to-back US Open champion since the late 80s, Mexico upsets Germany in the first round of the World Cup and the Huskies fall 1-0 to Mississippi State in their first College World Series game.

Friday, June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018

The Mariners fall 2-1 to the Red Sox in the first of four games against a dominant Boston team. Meanwhile, Seahawks mandatory mini-camp wrapped up and Pete Carroll spoke on the status of Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Malik McDowell. Russell Wilson also sat down exclusively with 710 ESPN Seattle and admitted to missing Earl's dynamic presence at camp. Russ explained how he balances his multitude of interests off the field with fatherhood and being a Pro Bowl QB. Later in the hour, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto highlights the Mariner that has been the biggest/most pleasant surprise of the season. He also explains how scouting Mitch Haniger in college is now paying off. The show wraps with The Hot List... the first round of the US Open proved challenging for some big names, the World Cup is unde

Thursday, June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018

The Mariners just keep winning, beating the Angels 8-6 in the bottom of the ninth with a 2-run home run, walk-off victory courtesy of Mitch Haniger. They are now 44-24, 20 games over .500 and in first place in the AL West. Manager Scott Servais talks about how his team has no quit. Later in the hour, catcher Mike Zunino discusses Haniger's impressive season and why this year's Mariners are more fun than years past. We also hear from the skipper on how the team responded following the loss of Robinson Canó. The show wraps with The Hot List... Safety options for the Seahawks without Kam and Earl on the field, NCAA rule changes and Robert Kraft dispels Gronk trade rumors. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018

The Mariners win another series after defeating the Angels 6-3 last night at Safeco Field; the team remains a half-game ahead of the Astros in first place in the AL West. Both Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson reacted to Earl Thomas' decision to skip mandatory mini-camp yesterday. Which players will step up without Kam and Earl on the field? Later in the hour, the national media might be sleeping on the Mariners, but two respected MLB reporters discussed why Jerry Dipoto is a candidate for Executive of the Year. The show wraps with The Hot List... the Mariners send one of their hottest hitting prospects to the Red Sox, the Rams were ordered to pay Reggie Bush $12.5 million dollars and the World Cup is finally returning to the United States in 2026. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018

The Mariners just keep winning, as they take game one of a key divisional series from the Angels 5-3 last night at Safeco Field. Scott Servais is looking like a prime candidate for AL Manager of the Year. Seahawks mandatory mini-camp begins today and Earl Thomas made it clear he will not attend. Can the Seahawks find a trade partner for Earl if it comes to that? Later in the hour, we hear from ESPN's Mike Sando on the difference between Seahawks defense on the field and off. We also hear from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on why the Mariners have been the best surprise of the MLB season. The show wraps with the Hot List... Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto told ESPN Robinson Canó would not be the team's everyday second baseman when he returns in August, Mariners first round pick Logan Gil

Monday, June 11, 2018

June 11, 2018

The Mariners go 4-2 on their road trip after a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The M's now have 21 one-run wins - by far the most in baseball, are 17 games over .500 and tied for first place in the AL West. Seahawks All-Pro safety Earl Thomas plans not to participate in mandatory mini-camp Tuesday "until his contract situation is resolved." Will he continue to holdout when training camp begins in late July? It's a good time to be a baseball fan in the PNW, as UW advanced to the College World Series for the first time in program history with an extra-innings, nail biter of a win over Cal State Fullerton. Later in the hour, we hear from Mariners bench coach Manny Acta, who says this team can't wait to get to the ballpark everyday and play for one another. The show wraps with The Hot List...

Friday, June 08, 2018

June 8, 2018

The Mariners nab another one-run win to open up their four-game series in Tampa Bay, as Mike Leake pitches into the 9th and Mitch Haniger hits home run number 13. Seahawks begin mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday, and Pete Carroll referred to yesterday's OTA has a "final exam" of sorts. Who stood out on the field? Does he expect Earl Thomas to show up Tuesday? Later in the hour, we hear from CB Shaquill Griffin on his second year progression, transitioning to the left side and the best part of having his brother/roommate here in Seattle. The show wraps with The Hot List... Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals banished the ghosts of postseasons past to become Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in 43 seasons. 

Thursday, June 07, 2018

June 7, 2018

The Mariners split their two-game series with the Astros after falling 7-5 to the defending World Series champions, but Seattle heads to Tampa Bay for four games with a rising offense and a rested bullpen. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto says Robinson Canó has been working out at the ballpark and spending time with his teammates. Later in the hour, we hear from two Seahawks hopefuls: WR Jaron Brown and DT Tom Johnson. The show wraps with The Hot List... ex-Sonic Kevin Durant was an offensive assassin in the Warriors 110-102 victory over the Cavs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

June 6, 2018

The Mariners offense came alive against the Houston Astros, as Seattle beat the defending World Series Champions 7-1 Tuesday. James Paxton posted another impressive performance and three different Mariners players went deep. Florida State defeated Washington in the WCWS Championship, as the Huskies impressive season comes to a close. Meanwhile, newly minted Seahawks offensive line coach Mike Solari explains his blocking philosophy and scheme moving into mandatory mini-camp. Later in the hour, we hear from M's first baseman Ryon Healy on his penchant for playing with emotion. To what does he attribute the team's early success? The show wraps with The Hot List... one Astros fan launched into an epic rant against the last Mariners player you'd expect. 

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

June 5, 2018

The Mariners open up their six-game road trip this afternoon with a lefty-on-lefty matchup in Houston. With Big Maple James Paxton on the mound, Seattle looks to defend their place atop the AL West. Looking to shore up their farm system, the M's took a righty college arm and a speedy power bat with their first two picks in the 2018 MLB Draft. Meanwhile, the Huskies lost game one of the WCWS Championship series but look to bounce back tonight. Later in the hour we hear from Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner on his expectations for Earl Thomas, his excitement over Ken Norton Jr. and why he doesn't like the term rebuild. The show wraps with The Hot List... The Capitals are one game away from hoisting the Stanley Cup and banishing their postseason demons.

Monday, June 04, 2018

June 4, 2018

The Mariners are in sole possession of first place in the AL West, a full game ahead of the Astros after sweeping the Rays over the weekend. Félix Hernández tossed an impressive eight innings of one-run ball and the offensive rallied late for another comeback win. Success spilled over into the college world as the UW women's softball team advanced to the Championship Series of the WCWS for the first time in nearly a decade. The UW men's baseball team also advanced to the first Super Regional in program history. Later in the hour, we hear from Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc, who had a 1.72 ERA through six starts in May. How does his utilize his pitch arsenal to stump MLB hitters? We also hear from Seahawks RB JD McKissic on the competition in his position group. The show w

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018

The Rangers steal one from the Mariners last night with a late inning rally. The M's bullpen struggles but lefty James Paxton hits a major career milestone. Dee Gordon is expected back in the lineup today. Seahawks OTAs roll on as rookies get more reps and Russell Wilson cintunes to shine. We hear from newly minted Seahawks WR Brandon Marshall, as well as Pete Carroll and DC Ken Norton Jr. Later in the hour, Dave Wyman delivers his takeaways from the practice field yesterday including how the team can best utilize Marshall. The show wraps with The Hot List... the Caps beat the Knights to even up the Stanley Cup Finals 1-1 and Braden Holtby has the save of the year.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018

The Mariners 9-5 loss to the Rangers snapped their four game win streak last night. King Félix continued to struggle and the bullpen was uncharacteristically shaky, but the offense showed signs of life with the return of Jean Segura to the lineup. The Seahawks have reportedly agreed to a deal with veteran WR Brandon Marshall, worth up to $2 million with incentives. And veteran safety Kam Chancellor spoke about his Seahawks future for the first time this offseason. Later in the hour, new Mariner Denard Span discusses the trade that sent him to Seattle and why he's grateful for the opportunity. The show wraps with The Hot List... a high-ranking NBA executive was linked to five burner Twitter accounts used to criticize players in his own organization, other executives, media members, a

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018

The Mariners win their ninth game out of the last ten - their fourth in a row - after topping the Rangers 2-1 behind a solid performance from starter Marco Gonzales. Reliever Álex Colomé and outfielder Denard Span also both made their Mariners debut over the weekend. In the midst of the Stanley Cup Finals, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has an important update on the timeline for the Seattle's expansion franchise bid. Later in the hour, we hear from Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy on the M's slew of comeback wins, their won't quit mentality and the trade by my Jerry Dipoto Friday. The show wraps with The Hot List... it's the Cavs vs. the Warriors part four, the Golden Knights top the Capitals in a wild game one, plus injury updates on Jean Segura and Dee Gordon.

Friday, May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

The Mariners return home after a short but successful road trip, narrowlying missing the sweep after Félix Hernández continues his early-inning struggles. Doug Baldwin and Russell Wilson both reacted to the new NFL anthem policy as well as President Trump's subsequent comments. We also hear from Pete Carroll on what he's loved about OTAs thus far and how his relationship with new offensive coordinator Brian Shottenheimer is developing. Later in the hour, defensive tackle Naz Jones speaks to his second year progression. The show wraps with The Hot List... Chris Paul's status for game six is up in the air after he goes down with a hamstring injury, Mitch Haniger is back in the Mariners lineup, plus what the Seahawks cap room says about their 2018 goals.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

The Mariners win their fifth game in a row - seven of their last nine since losing Robinson Canó. Marco Gonzales throws the best (and longest) performance of his career and rookie outfielder John Andreoli makes his presence known. Plus an update on a sidelined Mitch Haniger. Doug Baldwin spoke exculsively with 710 ESPN about the Seahawks roster turnover, Pete Carroll's coaching style and the disappointment he feels over the NFL's new anthem policy. Later in the hour, we also hear from Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto on the Mariners refuse-to-lose attitude and why Jean Segura is the "best bad ball hitter." The show wraps with The Hot List... Reuben Foster could return to the 49ers today, the Mariners secure a new long-term lease with Safeco Field and Stanley Cup Finals are set.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

Mariners injuries might be piling up, but they continue to find creative ways to win. They've now won four straight and six of their last eight. Dee Gordon hits the 10-day DL with a fractured toe, Mitch Haniger leaves the ball game after being hit by a pitch and Nelson Cruz remains sidelined and yet the team is just two games out of first place in the AL West. Later in the hour, we hear from Yahoo Sports writer Jeff Passan on what, if any potential deals the Mariners could make. We also hear from former Mariner and current broadcaster Ryan Rowland-Smith on how the team will respond following the loss of Dee Gordon. The show wraps with The Hot List... the new NFL rule changes as explained by VP of Officiating Al Riveron. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

Earl Thomas is absent for the first day of OTA's, but his defensive teammate and ermerging team leader, Bobby Wagner wants Earl to know he is valued here in Seattle. Bobby also shares his thoughts on the roster turnover, the return of Ken Norton Jr. and his excitement to play against Richard Sherman and Jimmy Graham. Later in the hour, we hear from Mariners insider Shannon Drayer on why the trade for Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura has exceeded all expectations. We also hear from ESPN's Brady Henderson on what he'll have his eyes trained on during OTA's. The show wraps with The Hot List... LeBron James sets yet another postseason record, a 19-year old phenom hits a HR in his first MLB at-bat and Mike Hopkins adds a 7'4" recruit to his roster.

Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018

A huge weekend for the Mariners including two comeback wins, a complete game from Paxton and extra-innings heroics. The Mariners are eight games above .500 and in sole possession of second place in the AL West just 2 games behind the Astros. If that's not enough for you Seattle fans, OTA's begin today for the Seahawks. So many activities! Brock & Salk are live from the VMAC ahead of chatting with Bobby Wagner. Later in the hour, we hear from Mariners shortstop Jean Segura on his relationship with Robinson Canó, working with Dee Gordon at second and his love of baseball. The hour wraps with The Hot List... the Huskies softball team dominates, the Seattle Seawolves record an impressive win and Johnny Manziel has his CFL practice debut.

Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

The Mariners lose the first of their four-game series against the Tigers, reliever Ryan Cook gets the call-up after working past two years worth of injuries and Robinson Canó's former teammate says he's "not surprised" by the second baseman's 80-game suspension. ESPN's Dan Graziano picked the Seahawks as the NFL team with the worst offseason. Why? Later in the hour, Mariners manager Scott Servais on how the team will respond following the loss of Canó. The hour wraps with The Hot List... the Seahawks sign two more draft picks, a judge will decide if Reuben Foster's case will proceed to trial and WSU acquires a new grad transfer QB.