Morning Prowl: Lesser-known Tigers songs, the importance of fastballs and a Satterwhite update

Somedays, you pound the ground. Others, the ground pounds you.

  • Cody Satterwhite's shoulder may not be as bad as first feared.
    MLB.com's Jason Beck wrote that Satterwhite had a Cortisone shot during his visit with Dr. James Andrews and will begin a rehab program for his shoulder. That's a big relief for a guy facing a career-destroying injury.

  • Lynn Henning was impressed by the new faces
    And really, he sounded pretty impressed by the Tigers as a whole. "The point is that the Tigers didn't waste an opportunity. They played good baseball, at least by Opening Day standards. They took professional at-bats against the Royals relievers. They made some plays on defense. They kept their heads. Veterans led. Kids followed suit."

  • Wait, what? The Tigers are 11th in some power rankings
    and this time, there's actually National League teams involved. Craig Calcaterra wrote his list at HardBallTalk

  • Want to make more predictions?
    You have until Friday to tell Tony Paul and the Detroit News whether you want to take the over or the under on some lines he set, ranging from Carlos Guillen's games in the outfield to how many starts Zach Miner makes.

  • SeaWolves Position Player Breakdown
    Nick Underhill makes his SeaWolves.com debut. By the way, he'd like you to submit questions to him at that site for a grab bag. So minors fans, get to work.

  • And some stats? Joel Zumaya threw 10 strikes in 12 pitches on opening day. He forced three groundouts. Justin Verlander had 64 strikes in 93 pitches.
  • Gerald Laird was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and two stolen bases allowed. Quicker he forgets about tha game the better!
  • Austin Jackson went to a full count three times in five appearances,  though he didn't get on base any of them. It'll start to pay off if he keeps working counts. One time he didn't go to a full count is when he doubled on a 2-1 pitch for an RBI.

And finally, because I forgot to include it (oops) earlier, I spoke with the Royals Blog over the weekend, go see what I had to say.

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