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D12: Olympic hockey results please Canada's Russell Martin

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Welcome to The Dozen, a streamlined selection of 12 fresh links and items to get you going. It welcomes submissions here or via Twitter: @bigleaguestew or @answerdave.

1. He might bleed Dodger blue, but catcher Russell Martin(notes) was born in Ontario and raised in Quebec. So he was all agog over Team Canada's gold medal victory over the U.S. in Olympic hockey Sunday night. Dodgertown USA

2. Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw(notes) must have felt a mile high after getting a lesson in pitching from Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax while flying aboard a private plane Saturday night. Kershaw, Koufax and others were among a party helping to raise money for Joe Torre's Safe at Home charity benefit in Los Angeles. Koufax will be generous with more of his time; he's in Dodgers camp as a part-time coach. MLB.com

3. Miguel Cabrera(notes) doesn't drink anymore, says he's not an alcoholic. Detroit News

4. The FBI wanted to know what Mets shortstop knew about a Canadian doctor accused of selling an unapproved drug and smuggling it across the border. N.Y. Daily News

5. A-Rod says he will comply with the feds, too. Newark Star-Ledger

6. Jake Peavy(notes) wants Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez(notes) to join him on the South Side of Chicago. Chicago Tribune

7. Chase Utley(notes), who was 23-of-23 stealing bases in 2009, wants to improve that part of his game. Philadelphia Inquirer

8. No longer a sacred cow at leadoff, Alfonso Soriano(notes) in the sixth slot of the batting order, says Cubs manager Lou Piniella. Chicago Tribune

9. Kind of like Elvis Andrus(notes) a season ago, the Rangers are going with another kid up the middle. This time, it's Julio Borbon(notes) in center field. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

10. Citi Field is already falling apart, one reputable news outlet reports. N.Y. Post

11. Xavier Nady(notes), who underwent Tommy John surgery in the offseason, is working with the Cubs pitching coach to help strengthen his elbow. Cubs.com

12. They have Answer Man in Canada, too! (It's called "Royale with Cheese" in Quebec). Can't say all that much for their choice of interview subjects, though. Blue Jay Hunter

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