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D12: How will Mr. and Mrs. Damon fare in Detroit Rock City?

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Welcome to 'Duk's Dozen, a streamlined selection of 12 morning-fresh links and items to start your day. It welcomes submissions here or via @bigleaguestew.

1. The Johnny Damon(notes) saga finally came to an end over the weekend with the Tigers handing a one-year, $8 million to the outfielder and a one-year sentence in Bloomfield Hills or a similar Detroit suburb to his wife. (Although it appears from this 2008 photo that she doesn't mind watching the Red Wings so maybe she can make the best of it.)

At any rate, I advise all of you head over to read Bill Ferris this morning. As Damon prepares for a season away from the short right field porch in Yankee Stadium, Bill put together the weekend's most relevant and interesting post about Detroit's newest acquisition. Detroit Tiger Weblog

2. Mizuno gave a samurai sword to Zack Greinke(notes) for winning the Cy Young, which begs a big question: Why aren't more milestones celebrated with decorative weaponry? KC Star

3. We've heard plenty of players claiming the usual weight losses and other spring training cliches, but have we heard anyone say "thank god we're not playing the WBC this year?" If not, mark Roy Oswalt(notes) — the Astros ace who says his back is feeling fine after a disappointing '09 — as the first. Houston Chronicle

4. Mark Reynolds(notes) and Justin Upton(notes) were willing to talk about their possible contract extensions with Nick Piecoro on Sunday. Arizona Republic

5. I'm still coming down from the extraordinary theater that was USA-Canada, so here's a baseball-hockey link: The Pirates have told the NHL that they're interested in hosting a Crosby-Ovechkin Winter Classic at PNC Park as soon as 2011. Post-Gazette

6. The Babes caught up with Minnesota reliever Pat Neshek(notes) to ask him — among other things — how he responded to that now-infamous fan letter. Babes Love Baseball

7. The pilgrimage of spring training baseballers to pay homage at the altar of Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic has begun. Getty Images

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8. The Padres share a camp with the Mariners in Peoria, Ariz., which is how Geoff Baker ran into new Padres announcer Dick Enberg. I like Enberg as much as the next guy, but definitely not as much as Geoff does. Seattle Times

9. Yankee pitcher Phil Hughes(notes) has a mystery fan who's very patriotic. LoHud Yankees

10. Calvin Klein doesn't have to worry about Shane Victorino(notes) just yet. Zo Zone

11. Ozzie Guillen says we can already Mark Buehrle(notes) down for his eighth Opening Day start, which will end up being a White Sox record. Chicago Tribune

12. Nate McLouth(notes) has always seemed like a likable guy and I think I like him even more after hearing his explanation of why he's switching to No. 24 this season.

"The only reason that I took 24 is because it's my favorite TV show and Lost isn't a number," McLouth told

And also, presumably, because wearing No. 227 is against MLB rules. Hardball Talk

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