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

Monday, August 20, 2018

August 20, 2018

The Seahawks lost to the Chargers 24-14 in their second preseason game, and while there were plenty of things to love about the team's offense, the Hawks' red zone struggles continued. Wide receivers David Moore and Jaron Brown stood out and rookie d-lineman Rasheem Green continued to shine. Meanwhile, the Mariners dropped two of three to the visiting Dodgers, falling 12-1 Sunday. Félix Hernández will start for a rehabbing James Paxton as the Astros arrive today. Later in the hour, Dee Gordon explains why he doesn't like talking about himself and why Ryon Healy is the “little big brother he never wanted.” The hour wraps with The Hot List... the No.1 seeded Storm capped off their impressive regular season with another win, the Sounders rolled past the LA Galax

Friday, August 17, 2018

August 17, 2018

The Mariners open up interleague play against the Dodgers tonight with Wade LeBlanc on the mound, while the Seahawks head to LA to take on the Chargers in their second preseason game Saturday. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto on his confidence level heading into the final stretch, the status of James Paxton and if Ben Gamel could be returning to the lineup soon. Two weeks from the Huskies season opener, head coach Chris Petersen discusses fall camp, team progression and QB Jake Browning. Later in the hour, Mariners insider Shannon Drayer makes the case for Edwin Díaz in the Cy Young discussion. The show wraps with The Hot List… Nick Foles injured in preseason, Yasiel Puig suspended two games for in-game fighting and Kobe Bryant made a cool $200 million on a drink investment

Thursday, August 16, 2018

August 16, 2018

The Mariners salvage the series in Oakland with a 2-0, extra-innings win and a timely Dee Gordon home run. The M's place James Paxton on the 10-Day DL and Félix Hernández is poised to slide into his spot in the rotation. Speaking of injuries, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll reported that rookie running back Rashaad Penny successfully underwent surgery on his broken finger, and fully expects him back for the regular season. Later in the hour, Russell Wilson discusses his relationship with new OC Brian Schottenheimer, plus why he wants to be his own biggest critic. The show wraps with The Hot List... Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey gives his very candid review of 24 NFL quarterbacks, including Russ.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August 15, 2018

Seahawks rookie running back Rashaad Penny reportedly has a broken finger and will be sidelined for 3-4 weeks. Meanwhile, the Mariners drop another one run game to the surging Athletics, while Robinson Canó returned to the lineup for the first time in 80 games and James Paxton exited the game early after taking a liner of his arm. What is the extent of the Big Maple's injury? Félix Hernández came into the game in the first relief appearance of his career. Will he fill in if Paxton misses starts? Canó gave his first press conference since his suspension, with teammates behind him in the room. Later in the hour, Yahoo Sports writer Jeff Passan on Edwin Díaz's record-setting season and whether he belongs in the MVP or Cy Young conversation. Th

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August 14, 2018

The A's hold on to beat the Mariners 7-6 in the first of three games between two potential Wild Card contenders. Marco Gonzales struggled through five innings, but the Mariners were able to get to the A's bullpen and nearly mount a late comeback. Robinson Canó returns to the Mariners lineup today after serving an 80-game suspension for violating MLB's drug policy. Where will he fit in the roster construction? Seahawks new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer likes what he's seen from the run game, but wants the team to improve on third down conversions. Later in the hour, starter James Paxton discusses the Mariners clubhouse mentality. The show wraps with The Hot List... reports say Aaron Donald and the Rams are close to reaching an agreement, former Mariner Leonys Mart&i

Monday, August 13, 2018

August 13, 2018

  The Mariners stunned the defending World Champion Astros with a four-game sweep on their home turf. Erasmo Ramírez pitched five scoreless innings in his first MLB start in three months, Ryon Healy hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth, and Edwin Díaz finished all four games with a save. Félix Hernández has yet to make his bullpen debut, but he did speak with reporters for the first time since being moved out of the starting rotation. How does he feel about his new role? Later in the hour, Seahawks running back Chris Carson explains why he is in the best shape of his life and why the running game is poised to rebound in 2018. The show wraps with The Hot List... Jalen Ramsey was suspended for a week for arguing with local media, Aar

Friday, August 10, 2018

August 10, 2018

The Seahawks fell 19-17 to the Indianapolis Colts in their pre-season opener, as Russell Wilson shined, rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin led the team in tackles and Nick Vannett snagged a touchdown grab. Pete Carroll was impressed with young talent and the team's ability to run the ball. For the first time in his career, Félix Hernández will pitch from the bullpen, manager Scott Servais announced. Meanwhile, the Mariners scored 6 runs off Houston ace Justin Verlander, as they stunned the Astros with an 8-6 victory. The show wraps with The Hot List... the Patriots add to Tom Brady's contract, a former Mariner thinks "super nerds" are ruining the game, and Mitch Haniger as the M's new leadoff man. 

Thursday, August 09, 2018

August 9, 2018

  The Seahawks pre-season opener is upon us! Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts arrive in town to face off against Seattle, with several questions and positions battles looming. Doug Baldwin, Dion Jordan and Byron Maxwell will likely be sidelined. Which fresh faces will step up in their place? The Mariners were routed for the second night in a row by the Texas Rangers, as Marco Gonzales allowed a career high 12 hits and 7 runs over 5 frames. GM Jerry Dipoto shares his thoughts on the M’s slumping offense, the future of Félix and the return of Robinson Canó. The show wraps with The Hot List... the NCAA shocks the NBA with new changes to eligibility rules, the Mariners lose a bullpen pitcher, and days after requesting a release from UW for family reason

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

August 8, 2018

The Rangers throttle the Mariners 11-4 as Félix Hernández gives up a career-high in runs and admits he had “no control” over his arsenal. Will King Félix remain in the rotation? Manager Scott Servais shares his plan moving forward. One day away from their first preseason game, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll outlines his expectations for Thursday night against the Colts, including why he has particular faith in his team's offense and the running back room. Later in the hour, MLB Network's Jon Paul Morosi on why, with two months left of baseball, Mariners fans still have reasons to be hopeful. The show wraps with The Hot List… NBA preseason comes to Seattle in early October and Warriors GM Bob Myers explains how the game came to be and when

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

August 7, 2018

The Mariners beat the 98-degree heat to secure a 3-2 win over the Rangers in 12 innings last night. Dee Gordon was back in the lineup after missing a few games with an ankle issue. Meanwhile, Robinson Canó made his first rehab start in AAA Tacoma last night, notching a hit in his first at-bat and taking plenty of reps at first base. Later in the hour, Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald explains why he feels like a veteran at age 27. The show wraps with The Hot List... the Seattle Storm continue their reign of dominance with a win over the Liberty, Aaron Donald's holdout is still far from resolution and Husky head coach Chris Petersen on which players he expects to step up in 2018. 

Monday, August 06, 2018

August 6, 2018

  The Mariners salvage the weekend with a 6-3 Sunday win over the Blue Jays Sunday. Dee Gordon missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle, as the team embarks on a rough stretch of road games. The Seahawks are just four days from their first preseason game. Pete Carroll spoke on Doug Baldwin's recovery, the backup QB battle, and where he imagines JR Sweezy fitting in on the offensive line. Later in the hour, we hear from rookie punter Michael Dickson on his plethora of different punts, competing with Jon Ryan and why he feels so confident in his first year. The show wraps with The Hot List... Mike Scioscia denied rumors he's stepping down next year, Ohio State claims the Urban Meyer investigation will conclude shortly and closer Roberto Osuna was reinstated from his 75-game

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

August 1, 2018

The Mariners add veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Marlins in the final hours before the MLB trade deadline expired. Maybin joins Zach Duke, Sam Tuivailala and Adam Warren as the four new M's additions to make the second half push. The M's fell to the Astros 5-2, with a chance to still take the series today. Doug Baldwin has missed the last three days of practice with a knee issue. How long will the veteran receiver be sidelined? Speaking of veterans, later in the hour we hear from LB Bobby Wagner on his evolving leadership role and how he feels about the national perception surrounding the Seahawks. The show wraps with The Hot List... the biggest trade deadline moves, an injury update on Dion Jordan and LeBron James admits it still feels weird to be a Laker. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July 31, 2018

The Mariners acquired two more bullpen arms before the trade deadline, with just hours left on the clock. Will Jerry Dipoto add a starting pitcher to the mix? After a very rough start Saturday, will Félix Hernández remain in the starting rotation? The Mariners get a gritty 2-0 victory over the Astros in James Paxton's first start since returning from the DL. The M’s are now just three games back of Houston for first place in the AL West. Later in the hour, we hear from two Seahawks receivers: veteran Brandon Marshall and second-year Marcus Johnson. The show wraps with The Hot List... the Astros traded for closer Roberto Osuna, who is currently serving a 75-game suspension under MLB's Domestic Violence Policy. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

July 30, 2018

  The Mariners salvage the weekend series in Anaheim with an 8-5 win over the Angels. Meanwhile, the Seahawks and veteran left tackle Duane Brown agree to terms on a multi-year extension, ensuring Russell Wilson's blindside will be protected for years to come. Later in the hour, we hear from RB Chris Carson on his experience working through injuries and his journey from JUCO to OK State to Seahawks 7th round pick. We also hear from C Justin Britt on why he felt more excited to put pads on this season than any other. The show wraps with The Hot List... The Mariners make a trade with the Cardinals to bolster their bullpen, Félix Hernández embarrassed by his last start and new Cardinals HC Steve Wilks insists Sam Bradford will start at QB over Josh Rosen.

Friday, July 27, 2018

July 27, 2018

Day one of Seahawks training camp is in the books... Earl Thomas continued to holdout, we have injury updates on Frank Clark, Dion Jordan and Ed Dickson, plus Pete Carroll's vision for the starting secondary. The Mariners open up a weekend series tonight in Anaheim with Wade LeBlanc on the mound. In the meantime, GM Jerry Dipoto addresses trade deadline plans and James Paxton's recent injury. Later in the hour, Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett on how he feels heading into a contract year. The show wraps with The Hot List... two big starting pitching names are off the board, Aaron Judge out for at least three weeks and KJ Wright on his relationship with Pete Carroll. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

July 26, 2018

Seahawks training camp kicks off today meaning IT IS OFFICIALLY FOOTBALL SEASON. Earl Thomas still not expected to attend. The Mariners salvage the interleague split with a 3-2 win over San Francisco, thanks to a couple of RBI from Jean Segura and a timely home run from Ryon Healy. Plus, Chris Petersen addressed UW's high expectations during Pac-12 Media Day. Later in the hour, Ryon Healy discusses the Mariners clubhouse post-All Star Break. The show wraps with The Hot List... Julio Jones and the Falcons came to an "adjustment" on his contract, while Khalil Mack and Jon Gruden have reportedly not spoken since the latter was hired.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

July 25, 2018

The Mariners drop the first of their two-game series against San Francisco 4-3 after more than 40,000 fans packed Safeco Field Tuesday. Ace James Paxton was a late scratch from the lineup due to his lingering lower back soreness, and remains on the 10-day DL. What is his prognosis? Will he miss another start in the rotation? Later in the hour, #3 on Brock & Salk's list of the Most Intriguing Seahawks Players is running back Rashaad Penny. The former SDSU standout ranked first among college RBs in forced missed tackles last season. Are his quick feet enough to carry him into an every-down role in the NFL? The show wraps with The Hot List... a record-breaking contract for Rams RB Todd Gurley will reset the market for his position. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

July 24, 2018

The stare down between Earl Thomas and the Seahawks continues, with just two days left until training camp. What are the chances Seattle finds a trade partner for Earl at this point? Meanwhile, the Mariners kick off a two-game series against the Giants tonight with James Paxton on the mound. Several potential trade candidates have been floated in connection with the M's; which pitching arms are currently on Seattle's radar? Later in the hour, #4 on Brock & Salk's Most Intriguing Seahawks list is DE Frank Clark. With big names disappearing from the d-line and Clark seeking a lucrative second contract, 2018 could be a banner year from the former Wolverine. The show wraps with The Hot List... Earl is not the only big name who could hold out from training camp, Atlanta WR Julio Jones annou

Monday, July 23, 2018

July 23, 2018

The Mariners kick off the second half of the season with a series win over the White Sox. Sunday belonged to two youngsters - Marco Gonzales, who is now 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA over his last 4 starts, and Ryon Healy, who smacked not one but two 3-run home runs to lead the M's 8-2 past Chicago. On Friday, the Mariners announced a multi-year extension for manager Scott Servais. He will become just the third manager to make it to his fourth year here in Seattle. Later in the hour, #5 on Brock & Salk's list of Most Intriguing Seahawks is running back Chris Carson. The former OK State Cowboy looks to be in peak physical form and ready to make a huge jump in his sophomore season. The show wraps with The Hot List... flashes of vintage Tiger Woods emerged at The Open Sunday, but the ultimate victo

Friday, July 20, 2018

July 20, 2018

The Mariners return to action tonight, opening up a homestand against the Chicago White Sox and Wade LeBlanc on the mound. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto explains the current state of the trade market, Seattle's pursuit of pitching arms and where Robinson Canó will fit into the lineup when he returns mid-August. Colin Cowherd says make no mistake, the Seahawks are rebuilding this year. How does that factor into the rest of his NFC West predictions? Later in the hour, #6 on Brock & Salk's list of Most Intriguing Seahawks players is someone who "has to play well' this year: CB Shaquill Griffin. The show wraps with The Hot List... the NFL and NFLPA have come to a standstill on the league's updated anthem policy.