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Updated: March 19, 2004, 9:44 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League

Eckstein
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Anaheim Angels: From the Everybody Makes Mistakes Department: shortstop David Eckstein's Topps baseball card features a picture of second baseman Adam Kennedy. No reprint is forthcoming, reports Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times. Garret Anderson is slated to make his first start of the spring today. He has been nursing biceps tendinitis on the right side since before camp opened. He is not anticipating any problems switching from leftfield to center. "The only question is if I'm healthy," Anderson told Bolch. "If I'm healthy, I'm fine."

Boston Red Sox: In 2003, Boston was the team least impacted by injuries. Nine of their position players qualified for the batting title and four of their starters qualified for the ERA crown -- easily the highest total in the majors. Early indications are that 2004 might not be so easy on them. The Boston Herald is reporting that both shortstop Nomar Garciaparra (right Achilles tendon) and rightfielder Trot Nixon (back) might miss Opening Day. Garciaparra could be back as early as next week, but Nixon's troubles may sideline him through the middle of April. Second baseman Pokey Reese might shift to short if Garciaparra's injury is more serious than imagined. A number of replacement scenarios exist for rightfield, including shifting Manny Ramirez from left. ``Once you get used to playing left, going back to playing (right) in Boston, it's kind of hard,'' he told the Herald. ``What can you do? You go out there and try your best. Whatever. I need to go out there till Trot gets better and help.''

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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