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D12: Despite report, nothing's changed with Andy Pettitte

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Duk's Dozen, a selection of 12 morning-fresh links and items, has returned in 2011 to start your baseball news day off right. Got links? Send 'em here or via Twitter.

1. For a short while on Tuesday night, we were all left to dream about the possibilities about Suzyn Waldman shrieking about Andy Pettitte's(notes) return on a warm early summer day at Yankee Stadium. The NY Daily News was reporting that Andy Pettitte wouldn't be starting the season with the Yankees, but that a midseason return — following in the footsteps of his buddy, Rahjah — was still possible.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman, however, quickly told a few other beat reporters that he had made a bad choice of words with the NYDN and that "I'm retired, but not 100 percent retired" was still Pettitte's status quo. Goodness gracious. MLB Trade Rumors

2. ESPN announced the first part of its Sunday night baseball schedule and, no worries, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will play each other twice in the first seven weeks. But there's some baby steps in there, too. The crew is actually venturing out West twice to see the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants (on April 3 in Los Angeles and against the Mets in San Francisco on July 10) and it's also going to feature the Cincinnati Reds (April 24, at St. Louis and May 29, at Atlanta). FanHouse

3. Adam Jones(notes) says the complete lack of Baltimore Orioles games on the Sunday night schedule is "lame az hell." @The_Adam_Jones via Hardball Talk

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4. After writing about Vernon Wells' changed outlook on his huge contract, I received a nice email from a Stewie named Coleman who has seen the great work of the Toronto Blue Jays center fielder up close.

Mr. Wells has done countless wonderful things in his community, and has directly touched my family's life as well as many others. He spent an entire day with my mom's high school physics class, and all she did was call up his wife on the hope that he might come and teach "projectile motion." ... Also, my sister went to a small private school in Colleyville, TX, and every year Vernon Wells(notes) buys all the kids in the graduating class laptops before they go off to college. I think thats a better subject than LeBron takin his talents to South Beach, don't you?

Wells and his wife also do a lot of work with underprivileged single mothers and their children around his hometown of Arlington, Texas. Good for them. And go check out more of their work. Vernon Wells Foundation

5. The process begins: Drayton McLane says there's 20-25 groups that are interested in buying the Houston Astros from him. Houston Chronicle

6. The Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, are installing a LED HD video display that's 80 feet by 33 feet will cost $2.5 million and will be the biggest video board in the minor leagues. For comparison's sake, the video board at Citi Field is 70 feet by 50 feet. Amazin' Avenue

7. Encouraging news out of Dallas: Josh Hamilton(notes) is improving from his pneumonia and should be out of the hospital by the weekend. DMN

8. Ryan Howard(notes) enters the quote of the year competition with a '90s reference when talking about his healing ankle: "Those kinds of things linger, like the Cranberries." The 700 Level

9. If your blog compiles an "anti" All-Star team, I'm going to read it. South Side Sox

10. Where have you gone, Alcides Escobar(notes)? Everything you ever wanted to know about the Milwaukee Brewers' potential shortstop platoons in 2011. Brew Crew Ball

11. Ed Kranepool only roots for the Mets when they're winning. BBTF

12. Should the Phillies be the latest team to roll the dice on Lastings Milledge(notes)? Phillies Nation

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