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Spring headlines: Halladay clarifies anaconda assault, Ichiro will bat third for Mariners

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Baseball is back! Here at Big League Stew, we'll take a quick dash around the league each morning in an attempt to keep you updated on all the springtime storylines.

• The tallest tale of the offseason involved Roy Halladay, a trip to the Amazon and rescuing a native from the clear and present danger of a giant anaconda. It was an entertaining story to pass along even if details weren't exactly abundant. But that's how you want to first hear these stories, right? The fewer facts, the better as it allows our imaginations to run wild while building the character of a Hall of Fame, yet very vanilla, pitcher.

Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Phillies pitcher finally put an end to all our fun on Tuesday when he talked publicly about the incident for the first time. Bottom line: There was no snake-wrasslin', but it did involve a naked man under the influence of hallucinogenic bark.

Bobby Abreu wants a trade if the Angels don't have an everyday spot for him.

Congratulations to Evan Longoria.

• Death, taxes and Eric Chavez trying to make one last go of it. He just signed a one-year deal with worth about $900,000 with the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

• Jeff Sullivan takes an excellent look at Ichiro's move to the No. 3 lineup spot.

It felt weird to refer to this stuff as "big Mariners news" since we and you have come to understand that lineup construction doesn't make that much of a difference, but there's no denying that the Mariners moving Ichiro down to #3 feels big. It at least feels not small.

• Sons of Steve Garvey notes that it was always a longshot, but the next owner of the Dodgers will not be named "O'Malley."

• Dirk Hayhurst says he's tempted to name a few more names in his third book, which will focus on his time with the Toronto Blue Jays.

• Another spring training car update: Edwin Jackson took delivery of an Aston Martin Rapide at Washington Nationals camp, while Bryce Harper's tongue hit the ground nearby.

• The Mets will be heavily represented at Gary Carter's memorial service on Friday.

Spring training has started, so don't miss a beat ...
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