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D12: Derek Jeter has another Lou Gehrig record in his sights

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Welcome to 'Duk's Dozen, a streamlined selection of 12 morning-fresh links and items to start your baseball day. It welcomes your email submissions or Twitter tips.

1. Derek Jeter(notes) is just nine hits from breaking Lou Gehrig's record for most hits as a Yankee. NYT
2. The East Coast push for Jeter's first MVP award has begun. Wall Street Journal
Luckily, a Minnesota scribe is here to fisk Allen Barra's nonsense. Star Tribune
Under state election law, Curt Schilling(notes) would be ineligible to run as a Republican. Politico
5. Schilling says that the story has become "epically huge" for no good reason. 38 Pitches
Felix Hernandez(notes), $200 million pitcher? USS Mariner
7. Brad Penny(notes) did his best Smoltz-in-St. Louis impersonation on Wednesday. Walkoff Walk
8. Rays owner Stu Sternberg says fans should get used to trades like the Scott Kazmir(notes) deal. Rays Index
9. Joe Nathan(notes) may not be a machine. "But that doesn't mean we can't treat you like one." Twins Geek
10. The Mets aren't going to alter any Citi Field dimensions in the offseason. NYDN
Is Reds pitcher Homer Bailey(notes) finally "getting it"? The Real McCoy
12. Bruce Springsteen dedicates Thunder Road to the late Harry Kalas. The 700 Level

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