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Top O' The Order: Santana abides, to skip World Baseball Classic

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• Worried about his surgically repaired knee, the Mets have asked their ace, Venezuela's Johan Santana, to avoid the WBC. So avoid it he will. [N.Y. Daily News]

• Voodoo statistical analysis of Braden Looper (a jock, a pro jock), who is now a Brewer. [BrewCrew Ball]

• It occurs to Pete Abe that A-Rod is going to have a monstrous statistical season, even for A-Rod. [LoHud]

• Because you can't get enough, a BoSox blog reviews A-Rod's ESPN interview. [Red Sox Monster]

• Don Fehr, or at least a piece of paper he signed, explains why the 2003 drug tests which caught A-Rod were not destroyed as originally planned. [Biz of Baseball]

Chad Bradford, the Rays' side-winding crackercrawler, is out 3-4 months after elbow surgery. Drat! [The Heater]

• Rich E. Rich wonders if the Phillies didn't eat their Wheaties, and maybe that's why they're not on the box like most recent World Series winners. [Home Run Derby]

• Radio guys talk to Kevin Towers, who's on his way to the dentist, about how messed up the Padres are. [XX SportsRadio]

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