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Thursday a.m. things

Jeff Wilson writes that a year has made a huge difference from Nelson Cruz, who cleared waivers and was outrighted last spring (not released, as is indicated in the article) but is now apparently pretty solidly in place as a starting outfielder.

Cruz will also be playing in the WBC for the Dominican Republic as the starting right fielder.

Brandon Boggs' shoulder is bothering him.  An MRI showed inflammation on the shoulder, which was operated on during the offseason, and he's still apparently not at 100%.

Jim Reeves writes about how Rudy Jaramillo is "hurt" about the revelation that so many of his pupils have used PEDs.

T.R. Sullivan writes about several players who are in "roster limbo" this spring.