Things to keep a close eye on in 2011

A crowded disabled list … the game's many intriguing first basemen … and much more

Originally Published: April 2, 2011
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Mercifully, the Major League Baseball season began a few days ago. Here are 11 storylines to watch in 2011.

Phillies injuries

Chase Utley isn't just the best second baseman in the league, he is the most important player on the Phillies. And not just because he hits third in their batting order, but because of the way he plays the game.

Utley started the season on the disabled list with an injured right knee, which likely will keep him out a month, if not several months ...

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