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Duk's Dozen is a selection of 12 morning-fresh links and items that will start your baseball news day off right. Got links? Send 'em here or via Twitter.

1. The picture to the right is what union rep Evan Longoria(notes) would look like after hearing his Tampa Bay Rays were being contracted. But Longo can chew away after MLBPA head Michael Weiner stopped by the team's camp to confirm what Rob Iracane already told us on Friday: No teams will be put on the chopping block during the upcoming negotiations for the new CBA. St. Pete Times

2. Ross Gload(notes) has good news for Philadelphia Phillies teammate Domonic Brown(notes): He broke the same bone in his hand back in 2002 and thinks Brown could possibly return in time to make the opening-day lineup. Delco Times

3. Baseball fans will remember Clint Barmes'(notes) deer meat fall as one of the freakiest injuries in baseball history, but the newest member of the Houston Astros will remember it as the way he picked up a wife. Houston Chronicle

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4. Since we're linking feel-good stories, here's one about the New York Yankees going above and beyond to help out a Boston Red Sox coach in need. Wall Street Journal

5. The Dodgers took out a cool full-page ad honoring Duke Snider in the L.A. Times. SoSG

6. The Chicago White Sox inked reliever Matt Thornton(notes) to a two-year contract extension worth $12 million over the weekend, a deal that likely signals the lefthander will serve as the team's closer this season.  South Side Sox

7. Age and contract status suggests that James Shields(notes) will be the next Tampa Bay pitcher to be handed a plane ticket for parts elsewhere. MLB Trade Rumors

8. The possibility of seeing Kendry Morales on the field for the Los Angeles Angels by opening day keeps getting slimmer and slimmer. ESPN LA

9. Will Marco Scutaro(notes) be Boston's starting SS by the end of the year? Fire Brand

10. When I was in Clearwater last week, I was amazed at the sheer amount of "Chooch 51" jerseys I saw in the stands. Channeling the cult popularity of catcher Carlos Ruiz(notes), the Phillies will hand out similar T-shirts as one of this year's giveaways. Check out the just-announced haul.  The 700 Level

11. What kind of contract extension is Jimmy Rollins(notes) playing for in 2011? Crashburn Alley

12. Bad idea jeans: Recording your own Buster Posey(notes) tribute song to the tune of a Lady Gaga anthem and posting it on YouTube. Golden Gate Giants

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