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Welcome to 'Duk's Dozen, a streamlined selection of 12 morning-fresh links, items and random thoughts to start your baseball day.

It welcomes your email submissions and tips here or via Twitter.

Today, please enjoy this special Mark Buehrle(notes) perfect game edition of D12.


What a day Thursday was.

As it wound down, I was instant messaging with our own Gordon Edes and we started talking about how great of day it was to be paid to cover baseball and how we definitely needed a magical experience like Buehrle's perfect game (and Dewayne Wise's(notes) perfect catch) to balance out a spring that included the Manny and A-Rod controversies, as well as sad moments like the deaths of Nick Adenhart(notes) and Harry Kalas.

"The game always wins out," said Gordon, writing like the experienced baseball scribe he is.

"Despite all the garbage we sometimes have to deal with, it always wins out." It certainly does, and it really was something to see all of baseball come together and celebrate the rare feat.

If you haven't already, I'd advise that you check out the columns of both Gordon Edes and Jeff Passan.

Both were fantastic.

[Yahoo! Sports] * * * 2.

We've obviously run a lot of posts about the perfect game and I've been wondering whether it's been too much.

However, when you figure I do dozens of posts on each All-Star Game and World Series — both annual events — and a perfect game comes along about only once every nine years, I figure we're covering it just about right.

Especially when you read about the excited reactions of clubhouses around the league.

[NYT Bats Blog] * * * 3.

Our own Maggie Hendricks might have made the mistake of leaving the game early, but fellow blogger Ricky O'Donnell didn't.

Here's his account of being a witness at The Cell on Thursday, including being in the shot during Wise's catch.

[Tremendous Upside Potential] * * * 4.

Why nice guy Buehrle is everyone's favorite teammate.

[Sun-Times] * * * 5.

Here's a snippet of Buehrle taking the call from President Obama.

Before the All-Star Game last week, Obama told Buehrle he was going to wear a White Sox jacket out onto the mound.

Buehrle didn't quite believe him — and told him so on Thursday.

* * * 6.

"He was brilliant, putting a powerful Tampa Bay line-up to sleep, 27 up and 27 down.

Well, sort of.

He got 26 batters out.

Wise got Gabe Kapler(notes) out." [FanGraphs]* * * 7.

A few more fun facts from the FG crew: The game lasted only 123 minutes and Buehrle was only pitching during 32 of them.

It was the quickest perfect game since Cincinnati's Tom Browning threw one in 1 hour and 51 minutes in 1988.

[FanGraphs] * * * 8.

This might be a little inside baseball, but here's a cool explanation of how the Associated Press jumps into action when a perfect game alert goes out.

Chicago's regular AP writer pulled into parking lot about the time Wise made his catch, but an established power structure ensured that we were none the wiser to his previous absence.

[Baldest Truth]* * * 9.

Wise's catch did more than just preserve the 18th perfect game in baseball's history.

It also slayed the South Side legend of Aaron Rowand(notes).

[Smells Like Mascot]* * * 10.

In case you're scoring at home, that's two no-hitters for Mark Buerhle to zero by the New York Mets in their entire history.

As if the 'Ropolitans needed anything more to be depressed about these days.

[Metsradamus] * * * 11.

Day Baseball! They say that momentum in baseball is only as good as your next pitcher and today it might be about Chicago's next two pitchers, who will be — uh, talk about your letdowns — Jose Contreras(notes) and Bartolo Colon(notes).

The Tigers and White Sox are both tied for first place in the AL Central and will kick off their four-game weekend series with a day-night doubleheader today in Detroit.

Back here in Chicago, the Cubs take on the Reds and try to grab some of the spotlight back to its usual spot.

[Y! Sports Scoreboard] * * * 12.

Finally, there are a lot of reasons that Buehrle was already beloved in Chicago before throwing his perfect game.

He helped win the city's first World Series since 1917, earned the save in that epic Game 3 and threw the team's first no-hitter since Wilson Alvarez.

But there are also lots of little things he does that aren't well known outside of Bridgeport.

One of them is insisting on always catching the ceremonial first pitch on the days he doesn't start.

He does this whether it's Mayor Daley or regular guys like, well, my dad (above), who was able to throw out the first pitch before a game in 2006.

As one of the team's star players, Buehrle sure isn't expected to do this, but the fact that he chooses to do so makes him seem like so much more of a regular guy, doesn't it? I've always been thankful that this photo isn't of my dad and a backup catcher.

But even more so today.

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