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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Some things change, others don't

By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Info

Just to give you an idea of how we approach note-finding at ESPN Stats and Information...

News item: Tim Lincecum allows three runs in the first inning of exhibition opener

If this were the regular season, that would qualify as a rarity.

Lincecum hasn't allowed three runs in the opening inning of a start since yielding three to the Mets on July 8, 2008. He didn't allow a first-inning run in his last 12 starts of the 2009 season. In fact, he allowed only four first-inning runs ALL OF LAST YEAR.

News item: The Yankees win their spring opener on a Colin Curtis walk-off home run

Now this feels like 2009 all over again...The Yankees had 15 walk-off wins last season, their most since 1943, and set a club record with seven walk-off home runs. It's the first by a "Curtis" since Chad Curtis hit one in the 1999 World Series.