The Friday Lineup is stoked for the start of MLB spring training games, mostly as a distraction from more Peyton Manning stories (he's throwing harder today than he was yesterday, WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!). Also, can you believe the Dodgers gave their batboy a tryout? Pretty cool story behind it.

Must Reads Of The Day
Chico Herrera (far right) has a baseball name. I suppose that's the half the battle, right? Anyway, the Dodgers batboy got a tryout thanks to a recommendation from pitcher Jon Garland. Big League Stew >>

An intense, descriptive piece from Jeff Passan on what Ryan Howard has gone through with his gnarly Achilles tendon tear, suffered in last year's NLDS. Yahoo! Sports >>

SB Nation's awesome YouTube programming release continues to impress. Today, Shutdown Fullback was released, starring Spencer Hall and Jason Kirk. It is quite good. Every Day Should Be Saturday >>

Another awesome spring training story about a guy that's been out of baseball for four years and is now mashing pitching as a non-roster invitee for the Braves. Atlanta Journal Constitution >>

Accelerating the learning curve for statistics and advanced metrics should come via video, argues True Hoop's Henry Abbott. ESPN >>

On the day everyone is celebrating the anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game, surprisingly (or not surprisingly), Bill Russell has no interest in joining in. CBS Sports >>

Apparently many of the New York Knicks have trouble sleeping. The team decided to find a doctor to help, but his work appears to be...questionable, at best. SB Nation >>

Is the issue in Charlotte that no one disagrees or challenges owner Michael Jordan? Charles Barkley thinks so, and Benjamin Hoffmann suspects Sir Charles has a point. New York Times >>

Cool story: a Division III basketball stud spends his days running the floor, and his nights running the washers -- as a janitor. FOX Sports >>

The style of hoops in the Big Ten is often under criticism for being slow and low-scoring. So what's the deal? Why is the conference plagued by this style of play? Wall Street Journal >>

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