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'Duk's Dozen: Could Padres bring new meaning to 'A-Gone'?

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

1. It's accepted fact that at least two out of every 10 words typed on baseball blogs over the past two weeks have been either "Roy" or "Halladay."

But with the trading deadline just nine days away, we're going to start seeing more names tossed around and it started somewhat on Tuesday night when the Twitterverse started buzzing about the possibility of the Padres trading Adrian Gonzalez(notes).

Padres owner Jeff Moorad says there's "no way" (as well as "no chance") that the team will deal its star first baseman and I think that's a guarantee Moorad should keep repeating to himself until Aug. 1.

Though no player should be considered untouchable and while it's tantalizing to think of the return he might bring, A-Gone should be one of the players in the bigs who shouldn't hesitate to put down roots. He's currently the face of the Padres' franchise and as a proud Mexican-American, serves as both a great role model and gate attraction in the community. Oh yeah, the 27-year-old also has just a little bit of talent and a more than reasonable salary (just over $10 million total) for the next two seasons.

But, hey, if Toronto can put Roy Halladay(notes) on the market, the Padres can't expect sacred cow status for the one of their only competent players on the field. [Gaslamp Ball]

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2. The team most coveting Gonzalez's services remains the Red Sox, who lick their lips at every thought of the left-hander leaving the Petco Park's spacious prairie and spraying his shots to both fields at a more favorable Fenway.

"I've never been to Fenway Park,'' Gonzalez said, "but I'm told I would like hitting there.'' [Boston Globe]

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3. Speaking of Boston, they just sent ol' Tim Wakefield(notes) to the disabled list and yo-yoed Clay Buchholz(notes) back to the majors after he made a start against the Blue Jays last Friday. Buchholz will start against the Rangers tonight and it's likely that several scouts will be watching since the young Sox hurler is always mentioned as a key piece in any trade package. The question, of course, is whether or not Theo Epstein can afford to part with the pitching depth Buchholz provides as the AL East race gets tighter and tighter. [Boston Herald]

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4. If you're an iPhone owner and a MLB At Bat user and a MLB.TV subscriber, make sure to download the new At Bat update. You'll be able to stream any game to your iPhone — not just the daily bone that's thrown — as long as local blackout rules don't stop you.

That means that with my two TVs, one computer and one phone, I can now monitor four games at once from the comfort of my own home. What a country. [C. Trent]

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5. Day Baseball! Better bet I'll be employing this setup in a few hours as the Phillies try to sweep the Cubs and win their 11th straight, the Yankees try to hang onto their newly-acquired spot atop the AL East against the Orioles and the Brewers and Pirates attempt to stage an Anchorman-style streetfight in the 'Burgh. [Y! Scoreboard]

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6. Here in Chicago, we've been recently subjected to a publicity-seeking dope who's on a 500-calorie-a-day diet until the Cubs win five games in a row. It's been an easy story to ignore, but after the rip job that HJE just dropped on this guy I can no longer refrain from spreading this man's stupidity. [Hire Jim Essian]

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7. Jesus hates the Cubs? Well, I suppose that's as good an explanation as any for the last 101 seasons. (He must hate us, too, for giving us this video.) [Red State, Blue State]

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8. I mentioned this over Twitter on Tuesday, but I think ESPN's Pedro Gomez is pressing the panic button the Stephen Strasburg signing with the Nationals story about three weeks too early. Yeah, the two sides may not have really acknowledged each other yet, but did anyone really expect any movement until the week before the Aug. 17 deadline? [MLBTR]

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9. Tony La Russa wants 'to vomit" over the treatment of Chris Duncan(notes). [Cards Diaspora]

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10. I don't usually post dancing fan videos on the Stew because, honestly, most of them don't make me laugh. However, this one from Atlanta did. [Bugs & Cranks]

(Incidentally, this is how I picture one of our favorite bloggers enjoying the game.)

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11. Ken Davidoff asks a question he already knows the answer to: Why weren't fans as upset over the return of PED-suspendee Sergio Mitre(notes) as they were for Manny Ramirez(notes)? [Newsday]

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12. Finally, here's a cool post of some old Polaroids from Royals photo days in the early '80s. After getting over my initial jealousy of not having a photo of my three-year-old self with Rance Mulliniks, I have two thoughts: 1) Who's the wise guy who thought red seats might be a good idea for Kauffman Stadium? and 2) George Brett hates children. [Royals Review]

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