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• White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle says he's already homesick and could see himself retiring after the 2011 season to spend more time with his family in Missouri. Cynical Pale Hosers interpret this as an early move toward the lefty eventually signing with his beloved Cardinals. [ChicagoSports]

• Due to insurance concerns, Albert Pujols won't be playing for the Dominican Republic this time around. [Post Dispatch]

• Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Tampa Bay pitcher David Price were just ranked as the top two prospects in baseball. So which one would you take if given the choice of only one? Victor Wang says Wieters gets the nod. [Hardball Times]

Ivan Rodriguez keeps telling reporters that the Mets are interested in him. Only problem is that the club insists it isn't. [NY Post

• The race for the Tigers' fifth starter spot is a competitive one and Kurt believes Dontrelle Willis has enough pride to take it after a disappointing 2008 season. [Mack Avenue Tigers]

• Another reminder that the economy sucks: "One of the emerging stories here is the thin crowds which have gathered to watch the Red Sox over the past few days. Those of us who have been coming to spring training, both here and in Winter Haven, have noticed a huge drop off in the number of fans present for this early part of camp." [Extra Bases]

• The Mariners just reported to camp and the dominant storyline is the clubhouse tension that may or may not exist between Ichiro and Adrian Beltre. [Seattle Times]

Brett Myers responds to the Mets' annual chatter: "I don't care what they're saying, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter anymore because it's just like something they're trying to prove to themselves that they are they team to beat. They can think that. We thought it, Jimmy said it, it's over. That's been a two-year thing, what are we still talking about it for?" [Phillies Nation]

Greg Maddux is already finding it impossible to stay away from the game. He'll be a spring training pitching instructor for the Padres. [6-4-2]

• The Brewers have hired a Cubs man for their radio opening. [Chuckie Hacks]

• Retro Awesome: Jack Clark's streak in 1987. [Walkoff Walk]

• Finally, Brett Tomko's wife is easier on the eyes than his pitching. [Ump Bump]

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