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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. If losing Cliff Lee(notes) to the Phillies or getting into a scrape with Michael Young(notes) didn't signal the end of the honeymoon period for the Texas Rangers' new ownership group, this definitely will: CEO Chuck Greenberg, who heads the investment group that saved the team from the clutches of Tom Hicks, is expected to resign that position as soon as Friday. We'll learn more about his ouster as the story develops, but right now SI's Jon Heyman reports that Chuck Greenberg didn't make too many friends within the Rangers organization, including Nolan Ryan.  Fort Worth Star-Telegram

2. In news that's just wee bit more frivolous, Stephen Strasburg(notes) is starting to get a wee bit more active on the Twitters. DC Sports Bog

3. CC Sabathia(notes) was back to his old self on Thursday afternoon, pitching five scoreless innings (instead of his scheduled four) and still ending his performance below his pitch count. LoHud Yankees

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4. Where have you gone, Gus Triandos? A Baltimore Orioles fan tries to come to terms with the fact that Matt Wieters(notes) may not have been deserving of all those Chuck Norris-type facts a couple of summers ago. Oriole Post

5. Chip Buck looks at the reeling Philadelphia Phillies and wonders what issues could threaten to derail the season of his Boston Red Sox. Fire Brand of the AL

6. The Chicago White Sox experienced a Domonic Brown(notes)-type moment on Thursday upon learning that young Dayan Viciedo(notes) will miss three weeks after a pitch broke his thumb. The big difference? Viciedo was 10 for 23 (with two walks!) at the time of his injury. South Side Sox

7. I can never get enough stuff like this: Greg Maddux's high school scouting report. Steven Ellis via Hire Jim Essian!

8. Catcher Robinson Chirinos, one of the prospects in the Matt Garza(notes) deal is already tearing things up with the Tampa Bay Rays with a spring line of 7 for 18 with three walks and five extra-base hits.  DRaysBay

9. There may not be anything less reassuring that Erik Bedard(notes) telling the Seattle Mariners that he feels great, but the oft-injured pitcher is going ahead with it anyway. Seattle Times

10. Early bird Ryan Rowland-Smith(notes) learns that sometimes the worm sleeps in — even at spring training. Houston Chronicle

11. That Kevin Slowey(notes) for Joel Hanrahan(notes) trade rumor may have picked up some steam on Thursday, but one Pittsburgh Pirates fan can't get on board. Bucs Dugout

12. Man, first Minnesota gets all the great bobbleheads. Now they're getting all the great hoodies.  Twinkie Town

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