"Before I started throwing a knuckleball I was going to start my season like Dickey last year. After I threw it, I gave up that idea."
That is Yu Darvish talking about throwing a knuckleball during his bullpen session yesterday, per Anthony Andro. I sure enjoy Yu Darvish.
Richard Durrett writes a few notes on Camp Surprise yesterday. Darvish has come to camp down in weight but with more upper-body muscle. No word on if this means he's in the best shape of his life or not.
From left to right, Drew Davison has a piece on David Murphy coming into camp with an every day job for the first time in his career.
T.R. Sullivan tackles center field with a fairly extensive write-up on Leonys Martin. Martin arrives in Arizona as perhaps the leader of a pack of contenders aiming to win the every day center fielder job.
And, rounding out the outfield, Gil LeBreton writes about the ease in which right fielder Nelson Cruz could wind up suspended by MLB for his alleged participation in purchasing performance-enhancing drugs.
Evan Grant has a quintuplet of items on his Surprise Sunday Dinner menu. Grant writes about Martin Perez with the talent to make the rotation, Murphy versus left-handers, Leonys Martin's (lack of) eligibility for the WBC, probables for Tuesday & Wednesday's intrasquad openers, and the fate of the No. 69 jersey.
Lastly, Sullivan's notes tackle the possibility for Geovany Soto becoming Darvish's personal catcher, Opening Day starter speculation, Joakim Soria's rehab status, and various other notes.