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By Jon Weisman

Some really great sights and sounds in the video above from the intrasquad game Sunday should whet your appetite for the imminent start of Cactus League play.

  • Are you ready for a starting lineup? Taking the field for the Dodgers on Wednesday will be the following (though there will be plenty of others coming off the bench):
    • Chone Figgins, SS
    • Carl Crawford, LF
    • Yasiel Puig, RF
    • Juan Uribe, 3B
    • Joc Pederson, CF
    • Scott Van Slyke, 1B
    • Tim Federowicz, C
    • Alex Guerrero, 2B
    • Justin Turner, DH
    • (Clayton Kershaw, P)
  • Wednesday’s Spring Training opener is previewed by Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.
  • Stephen also notes which former Dodgers accepted non-roster invitations around the Majors. Eugenio Velez is alive and well.
  • Yasiel Puig’s embrace of Australia has proved inspirational, as you can see below and here, here and here.
  • Don Drysdale is the latest stop in Ernest Reyes’ tour of the 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklets at Blue Heaven.
  • MLB’s At Bat mobile app is entering its sixth year — Mark Newman of MLB.com writes about the state of the app.
  • As Ukraine takes center stage in world headlines, the country’s Crimea region will host a week-long baseball tournament and clinic for teams, players and umpires from Eastern European countries, March 23-28.  More details at Play Global.