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Monday's Frosty Mug

By my calendar, we're just 21 days away from Opening Day. It seems like a good time for a 159-ounce Frosty Mug.

Let's start with Baseball Digest Daily's recaps: Friday and Sunday. Apparently they lost a day with the time change this weekend. But in yesterday's recap, they do call Vargas "Claudia." Does that make up for it?

We're hitting dangerous territory here: I'm starting to believe the hype on Derrick Turnbow. Who's with me? Vote in today's Frosty Mug poll.

The Hardball Times has five questions for the Brewers in 2008. There's some interesting stuff in there.

Luft on Deck is worried about the Brewers offense. Really?

Ken Rosenthal likes the decision to bat Kendall 9th. 49% of voters in his poll think it won't make a difference, though.

Dayn Perry has a recap of spring training injuries, including Gallardo.

Ryan Braun is leading the NL in home runs and RBI this spring. Buster Olney thinks he's a long shot candidate for MVP.

Matt LaPorta is blogging at Baseball Digest Daily. His most recent post is from Maryvale.

Mariners Insider enjoyed the Sausage Race much more than Sunday's M's/Brewers game.

Alphabetical injury reports in one line or less:

Josh Beckett left Saturday's start without facing a batter due to back spasms.
Orioles SS Freddie Bynum had surgery on his right knee and will be out past Opening Day.
Cards OF Chris Duncan has missed the last two games with back problems.
Phillies P Adam Eaton is battling a herniated disc and arthritis in his back but could pitch as soon as Thursday.
Jim Edmonds has a strained calf and is out at least 2-3 weeks.
Mike Hampton could throw today and might not miss a start with a strained groin.
Randy Johnson will make his first appearance of the spring today, as continues to rehab from back surgery.
Scott Kazmir is back to being the projected Opening Day starter for the Rays.
Dodgers 3B Andy LaRoche has an injured thumb and is out 8 weeks or more.
Julio Lugo was scratched Friday due to a sore back.
Rangers P Brandon McCarthy is out 4-6 weeks with severe inflammation in his forearm.
White Sox 2B Danny Richar has missed 5 straight games with back problems.
Reds C David Ross hasn't played in a week due to back spasms.
Gary Sheffield is still sitting out games, resting sore legs.
Astros C J.R. Towles strained a hamstring Saturday and will miss 4-5 days.

TheJay, over at Recondite Baseball, gives us the highest career WHIPs for players with 1000+ IP. Not surprisingly, three former Brewers make the list.

There was a point in my life where I would've been all over all you can eat seats at the ballpark. I'm past that point...and still working to drop the weight.

When do Spring Training struggles become a slump? Ichiro is 0-for-14 this spring. I don't think it's news yet. But I linked you to it anyway.

The Reds are a step closer to spending their springs in Arizona. If the Reds, Indians and Dodgers all go, and it seems likely they will, the majority of teams will train in Arizona for the first time ever.

Finally, Garfield Minus Garfield is, once again, a management joke waiting to happen.

Drink up.