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DLD 3/20/08 Off to Japan

Tournament starts today. Fun stuff. I'm rooting for the Gaels. The other day KenKo picked UCLA while Buan opted for Kansas. If Kansas wins will it presage a changing of the guard? Only time and judgment will tell.

Mike Sweeney is settling into a role of light hijinks purveyor and go-to quote man:

Designated hitter Mike Sweeney started a rumor at some point this spring that the Cactus League champions all would receive big-screen TVs.

So for several weeks, as the A's put up lots of wins, there was much chatter about big screens around the clubhouse, even though everyone (probably) knew that it wasn't actually true. But fake incentive or not, Oakland played extremely well this exhibition season, going 16-7 after splitting Wednesday's games.

"There's a lot of talent here and I don't think the way we've played in spring training is a fluke," Sweeney said. "I think we're for real and I think we're going to surprise a lot of people."

Beane on your 2008 Cactus League Champions:

"My theory is that spring training is the most important part of the season, and if you win it, you should go in as the favorite," Beane said with a grin. "I've completely reversed my (previous) thinking."

Someone "liveblogs" Moneyball. Not sure if this is good.

True basketball fans know that the NIT is the real prize, and Cal notched a titanic victory late last night in front of a screaming 1,906.

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