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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 Twitter.    

1. The biggest news of the weekend was the negation of the trade that was going to send Mike Lowell(notes) from the Red Sox to the Rangers. Texas doctors discovered from a MRI that Lowell has a torn ligament in his right thumb, a revelation that Dan Lamothe believes is an embarrassing situation for Theo Epstein and his front office. Red Sox Monster

2. Red draws an unbelievable parallel between the Lowell saga and "The Man Who Came To Dinner," which was coincidentally written by Epstein's great uncles. Surviving Grady

3. Will pitch the eighth for food: Ken Rosenthal shines a light on the surplus of closers this offseason. "Too many closers, not enough jobs." Fox Sports

4. Mariners fans place fingers in ears and hum loudly as fans of Milton Bradley's(notes) past teams say "hey, we were once in your optimistic shoes too!" Lookout Landing

5. Six baseball books worthy of being a sabermetrician's stocking stuffer. DRaysBay

6. The Marlins would seem to be a good fit for Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman and the Fish apparently agree, offering him a 5-year deal worth $13 million. MLB.com

7. Ian Casselberry finally collects his thoughts for a goodbye to Curtis Granderson(notes). Bless You Boys

8. "Adam Dunn at first base? Good luck with that, Washington." Circling the Bases

9. For the UniWatch crowd, two changes are in store for the Nats' away uniforms. Nats320

10. The Phillies are faced with some unrealistic expectations. Beerleaguer

11. Andy Dolan looks at the best Cubs seasons of the '00s, position by position. Desipio

12. Kevin Baxter with a great article on how the Strat-o-Matic Negro Leagues edition came about. Los Angeles Times

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