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In Arizona:

  • Eddie Kunz, ruff as always, allowed two runs on a walk and three hits -- including a grand slam -- in just two-thirds of an inning.

In the Dominican Republic:

  • Fernando Martinez went 0-for-4, and is a total bum.
  • Argenis Reyes went 0-for-3.
  • Fernando Tatis went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and a run batted in.

In Puerto Rico:

  • Nick Evans went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • Brahiam Maldonado went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter.
  • Jesus Feliciano went 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple, and two runs scored.

Daniel Murphy will have an MRI taken on his right knee today, of which he has experienced discomfort in since November 11.

At MetsGeek, Dan Scotto takes a peek at the Mets' 2009 schedule, looking for interesting stretches and potential bumps in the road.

Mike Mussina appears headed for retirement. Since 1954 he is 15th in wins, 18th in strikeouts, and 8th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (among pitchers with at least 100 starts). He has been a very, very good pitcher for a really long time. If he isn't a Hall of Famer, he's really, really close.

At Baseball Prospectus, Joe Sheehan breaks down the BBRAA awards voting, chastising where appropriate.

At Sabernomics, JC Bradbury puts a dollar value on Derek Lowe. Agent Scott Boras is reportedly looking for a "Zito-type" deal. The annual salary might not be far off (~$18 million a year), but you'd have a tough time finding someone willing to give a soon-to-be 36-year-old a seven-year deal.

The Red Sox' surplus of outfielders led to Coco Crisp being traded to the Royals yesterday in exchange for reliever Ramon Ramirez. Beyond the Boxscore breaks it down. FanGraphs does, too.

Also at BtB, Sky Kalkman thinks the time may be right for the Rays to trade Scott Kazmir, and Peter Bendix continues his series on the history of the NL and AL.

At The Hardball Times, David Gassko follows up on last week's article about whether experience makes any difference to playoff success.

The 30% of sale at the MLB shop has been extended through today. No coupon code necessary.