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Welcome to 'Duk's Dozen, a selection of 12 morning-fresh links and items to start your baseball day. It welcomes your submissions here or via Twitter.   

1. Breathe easy, Cactus League fans: It looks like the city of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs have resigned themselves to finding different pockets to rifle through if they want to finance a new spring training home.

Really, who ever would have thought that owners and fans of other teams would be so opposed to offering alms for the Cubs' new digs? Nope, didn't see that one coming at all. No siree. East Valley Tribune

2. Mark Teixeira(notes) took a Jeremy Guthrie(notes) pitch off his right elbow on Monday night, but the Yankees first baseman thinks he's going to be OK. Star-Ledger

3. The McCourts met for a divorce hearing on Monday and there are only a few unsavory details you need to know: One lawyer lifted a line from the Passover seder while making his argument, Frank was painted as the picture of frugality because his condo costs only $30,000 a month and Jamie arrived wearing a pair of sunglasses that looked like they came straight off a rack at Urban Outfitters. Los Angeles Times

4. One Dodgers fan thinks the real damage inflicted by the McCourts comes in destroying the team's family-friendly brand while also embarrassing its fans. Sons of Steve Garvey

5. Red is completely fine with the Red Sox opening their season at night. Surviving Grady

6. "I couldn't shake the feeling that it was like a whole new room had been added to the Minneapolis house. This was still my city, but it was also not — and in a very good way." Ballpark Magic

7. My favorite thing about this Target Field news segment is laughing at the fan who talks about having to wear sunscreen to a late March baseball game in Minneapolis ... and then realizing he's not joking in the least. Yahoo! Sports

8. With the Nationals sewing up President Obama for opening day, two teams are turning to quarterbacks for their first pitch duties. Kurt Warner will do the job for the Diamondbacks while Roger Staubach has been hired by the Rangers. AZ Snakepit Dallas News

9. Five things to like about the Reds' new spring training home in Arizona. OMGReds

10. Observations from a whirlwind trip to Camelback Ranch. Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness

11. Think old ballplayers from the '50s are the only ones who can tell stories made up of half-truths? Tim Salmon's(notes) new autobiography proves you wrong. Halos Heaven

12. Downtown Philadelphia will be decorated with 20 different Phanatic statues this summer. The chances of Meech trying to lift each one for his front yard? Excellent. The 700 Level

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