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Spring Training Notes: 3/2/12

Joe Girardi having a word with Brett Gardner

Today was the day that all have waited for; Spring Training games are back! Although games are back, there has been some headlines. Here are the notes & links:

– MLB has OK’d the expanded wildcard for the 2012 season. Here’s the tweet for the details:

– Pirates RHP A.J Burnett will miss 2-3 months of the season after having eye surgery today to repair the orbital bone. Burnett bunted the baseball in his eye during batting practice earlier this week. Burnett was slated to be the Pirates number 1 starter in the rotation.

– And Yankees fans will love to hear this! The Yankees played their first Spring Training game against the University of Florida. Here was the final score:

– Courtesy of Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, here are some pictures from today’s practice & game:

Tomorrow the New York Yankees will take on the Philadelphia Philles which is a televised game. The game will be on MLB Network and for those who don’t have MLB Network on MLB.TV.

Use the comment section below to talk about anything you’d like! Have a good night everyone!

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Morning Bits: Burnett, Wildcard

Good morning and Happy Sunday to all! This Sunday is special because in exactly 1 week, Pitchers and Catchers report to Spring Training. Let’s move on to the Morning Links.

– The A.J Burnett to the Pirates trade “has legs” and has a good chance of happening.

– A.J Burnett says that “he’s fine” with all the trade talk that’s going on that could send him to the Pirates

– Andrew Marchand breaks down how the extra wildcard rule will have an impact if it goes into effect this year.

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