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We're about 5 1/2 hours out, at this point, so if you want a real frosty mug for today's Cactus League opener, step away for a second and go put it in the freezer.

Are you back? Ok.

Three Tony Gwynn Jr. notes today.

1) The Journal Sentinel wrote an article about his determination to make a contribution.
2) Case in point: Gwynn was hit in the face with a ball while stealing second during an intrasquad game yesterday. Not only did he recover, a few pitches later he stole third.
3) Still, for some reason, even in an intrasquad game with Rickie Weeks on the other team, he didn't bat leadoff. He hit behind Joe Dillon, Craig Counsell and Gabe Kapler. WTF?

Solomon Torres will throw his first bullpen session of the season Saturday. I guess the long delay has left him plenty of time to pluck chickens.

The Hardball Times used some statistical formulas that are a step above my pay grade to determine the game's best pitch. Chris Capuano is the only Brewer to make the conversation, with the game's 16th best changeup.

One line or less injury reports:

Jerry Owens has some stiffness in his groin. If it lasts for more than 4 hours, he should see a doctor.
Scott Kazmir's MRI came back negative. He may or may not be ready for Opening Day.
Fernando Rodney has been shut down for a week with potential shoulder tendinitis.
Jake Westbrook was scratched from his start with arm soreness.
Bengie Molina (Giants) will miss the first few Cactus League games with a quad strain.
Jason Schmidt complained of a tired arm after a side session.
Joel Zumaya is back playing catch everyday. No timetable for his return is mentioned.

Baseball Digest Daily has a nice list of recaps from yesterday's games, if you missed any.

Faith and Fear in Flushing projects Matt Wise to win the last spot in the Mets bullpen. My bold prediction: by the end of the year, we'll wish we still had him.

And, I know I link to USS Mariner a lot, but today they've got a great post up on Ichiro and the logic behind selection of stolen base attempts.

That's all for today. I need to get some work done before 2. Drink up.