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You know it's almost time when they start taking photos of balls
You know it's almost time when they start taking photos of balls
J. Meric

First off:


A week from now, we'll have photos of Matt Harrison stretching in the Arizona sun. Can't wait.

As we near a week from pitchers and catchers reporting for Spring Training, Gil LeBreton writes that the Rangers are 20 starts and 450 at-bats from a DH-type away from being ready.

WFAA.com's Eddie Middlebrook has a profile on setup man turned rotation candidate Tanner Scheppers as he heads into the 2014 season.

The DFW expands on a report from the official site about Nick Tepesch having the inside track in the race to secure the No. 5 spot in the rotation should the Rangers keep the job in-house.

A few days ago, in an ESPN Insider article, Jim Bowden gave out his offseason awards and awarded Jon Daniels second place in the "Best Offseason: Big-Market GM" category behind Brian Cashman who gave $175 million to a guy he thinks is a No. 3 starter.

Kate Morrison has write-ups on AJM-favorite prospect Drew Robinson and on future Michael Wacha Chi-Chi "Don't Call Me Alex" Gonzalez.

MLB.com caught up with catching prospect Jorge Alfaro. Here's sexy video:


Finally, LSB friend Nick Pants (@nick_pants on Twitter) made this Olympics-related image that went kind of viral the other day:

Here's a write-up about it on Yahoo!'s Big League Stew blog.

(Alternative joke: Yoenis Cespedes, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Jose Altuve)