D12: Report says Kim Ng is leaving the Dodgers for MLB

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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. A report out of Los Angeles has Kim Ng leaving her post as assistant GM of the Dodgers to take a new job as MLB's senior vice president of baseball ops.

Ng, as you might remember, became the first female in baseball history to interview for a GM's job when the Dodgers job was open in 2005. She also interviewed for the Seattle Mariners job in 2008. The positions were filled by Ned Colletti and Jack Zduriencik, though, and Ng just completed 10 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers without ascending to the biggest job in a front office.

But this new gig could certainly help her chances in the future. Ng was certainly hired because Joe Torre — baseball's new executive VP of baseball ops — thought so highly of her during the time they worked together with the Dodgers and New York Yankees. And teams haven't been shy about hiring executives from the league offices for GM jobs , either, as new New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson used to hold Torre's current job. No matter what happens, we wish Ng the best as she continues to be a great example for young women — and men — who are looking to break into baseball. MLB.com

2. Speaking of great examples to all the youngsters out there: Congratulations to BLS pal Jonah Keri, who is celebrating Tuesday's release of "The Extra 2 Percent," his book about how Wall Street strategy helped turn the Tampa Bay Rays into a World Series team. Come for the exhaustively researched narrative, stay for some great penny-pinching anecdotes about former owner Vince Naimoli! Jonah Keri

3. As long as you have your Amazon order open, let it be known the paperback of Josh Wilker's excellent "Cardboard Gods" comes out on March 15. Cardboard Gods

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4. Reigning AL Cy Young award winner Felix Hernandez made his first start of the spring on Monday and the prevailing description was "rusty" — one run, five hits and a walk in 2 2/3 innings. Seattle Post Intelligencer

5. Atlanta Braves rookie Freddie Freeman is batting .458 after eight spring training games, prompting Fredi Gonzalez to make a joke about a prize being given to the winner of the Grapefruit League batting title.  AJC

6. It's official: That awesome Kent Hrbek-Ron Gant bobblehead will be handed out by the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Aug. 5.  Also official: The Braves actually gave their blessing on the unconventional giveaway. Star Tribune {YSP:MORE}

7. Hey, hey! The Florida Marlins are guaranteed an attendance of at least 379 seats in their new Sun Life Stadium next year. That's the number of seats in the exclusive "Diamond Club" section, which officially sold out last week. MLB.com

8. The $200K a season doesn't go as far as it used to: The Chicago Cubs are telling suite owners they can update their outdated digs at Wrigley Field, so long as they're willing to pay for the renovations themselves. Ivy Chat

9. Dave Brown is dropping some Detroit Tigers goodness during Tuesday's installment of our spring swing, but here's some more from Kurt Mensching. Did the Tigers goof by not adding more rotation depth during the offseason? Bless You Boys

10. Matthew Callan describes a recent Joel Sherman column about the Mets with a term — dog whistle — that I'm going to liberally borrow in the future. Amazin' Avenue

11. Placing a bet on Pittsburgh Pirates sophomore Pedro Alvarez to win the NL home run title with 100-1 odds? Yeah, there are worse ways to lose your money in Vegas. Rum Bunter

12. C'mon Ben, it's much too early in March to think we're walking through the spring training doldrums. Sill three more weeks to go! Over The Monster

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