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St. Patrick's Day Applesauce - There is no Daniel Murphy story here, Beltran likely to DL, Met SB battle

Meet the Mets

Just because it's Saint Patrick's Day, you shouldn't expect gratuitous random Irish links and what not. Well, let's go with one and call it a day with all that.

Expectations for Carlos Beltran to begin the season on the disabled list are growing.

Mike Pelfrey's velocity is down and he didn't have a great game yesterday, but we shouldn't worry too much because we're reaching a dead arm period of Spring Training.  

While we're talking about Pelfrey, the big guy continues to play basketball.

Patrick Flood has nice words for the Amazin' Avenue Annual, available now at a variety of locations. Flood also points out Darryl Strawberry's propensity to get intentionally walked.

I hope that this stolen base competition between Angel Pagan and Jose Reyes heats up. That could be fun.

Matt Kaufman explains how Reese Havens may wind up manning second base at Citi Field sometime this year.

Ted Berg encourages us to tune out much of the mainstream media's noise.

Around MLB

Atlanta has named Derek Lowe their opening day starter. If you decide to tune in on to watch that game, you may get a bit heavier dose of Tom Glavine than you were otherwise expecting.

Braves coach Luis Salazar, the coach who was hit by a Brian McCann line drive, has lost his left eye during a surgery to repair the damage

Ken Griffey Jr. has returned to Mariner camp but isn't saying too much about his sudden departure last year.

Tim Lincecum somehow is able to eat a disgusting amount at In N Out Burger

FanGraphs is out with their new Aggregate Defensive Ratings, a combination of UZR, DRS, TZL, and FSR.

In case you forgot, Kevin Millwood is still a free agent.

Can we stop with Charlie Sheen yet?

If we thought the Strasburg hype was unbearable, the Bryce Harper machine is set to blow it away.

And, new MLB historian John Thorn has a new series of posts up explaining that he's afraid statistics are taking away some of baseball's mystique. It's actually a pretty good read, but it's a little disconcerting when a historian is hyping the equivalent of Paul Bunyan tales.