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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Podcast: AL preview, Cespedes, Samardzija

By Eric Karabell

We previewed the American League as part of Thursday’s Baseball Today podcast, but Keith Law and I also found time to discuss day two of Opening Day in Japan, and much more!

1. Which teams are playoff-bound in the tough AL, and could the Blue Jays or any team not named Detroit make noise as well?

2. Yoenis Cespedes was the Athletics' hero in their Thursday win, but what does KLaw expect from him in his rookie season?

3. Omar Vizquel has made a big league roster again, but is he really on the path to the Hall of Fame? You might be surprised!

4. With all the talk about Neftali Feliz and Daniel Bard moving from the bullpen to the rotation, why isn’t anyone talking about the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija?

5. In our email segment we discuss when baseball games start, both this morning and in the World Series, why bunting isn’t generally a wise idea, the Rule 5 draft picks that could stick and more!

So download and listen to Thursday’s memorable Baseball Today podcast, with special thanks to producer Frank "The Closer" Dale and congrats to newly engaged shortstop Brendan Ryan!