How can you tell we're starting to get in the thick of spring training? Look at the sheer length of this roundup, which should keep you reading until about the time the game thread posts!
MLB.com: Miguel Cabrera to make spring debut for Detroit Tigers on Monday
Cabrera will DH on Monday, as Jim Leyland doesn't want to rush him too quick and will give him time to adjust before taking the field.
Beck's Blog: What's up (or down) with Cabrera's weight?
Cabrera weighed in at 270, but his body fat index is down from last season.
DetNews: A chat with Tigers pitcher Phil Coke takes many strange turns
Phil Coke is one strange cat., Tom Gage writes.
Tom Gage's blog: Sunday Soup -- on the Miguel meter
3. If Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Inge each end up with 75 RBI (or more) this season, Jim Leyland said he would be "happier than a hot hog in a cool mud puddle."
To answer his question, I think Cabrera gets more cheers.
MLB.com: Zumaya focused on pitches, not velocity
Zumaya was focusing on the curveball rather than radar gun.
Tiger Tales, A Detroit Tigers Blog: WERC for Tigers Relievers
Lee looks at how Tigers relievers fared in the WERC stat last season.
The Daily Fungo by Mike McClary: Name your Price!
Mike wants to know your favorite Jim Price catch phrase.
AL Central In Focus: What to Expect From Austin Jackson In 2011
Getting tired of doom and gloom about Jackson? I know I am and should probably stop linking to it soon.
AL Central In Focus: In His Own Words: Casey Crosby
Crosby said he might have overworked his arm a year after Tommy John Surgery, which led to his missing a lot of 2010. He feels better now.
Cleveland Indians Chatter: Detroit Tigers Poised to Win the Central
Now there's an Indians fan I agree with!
The BYB account had like 1,000 follows and I could never find any information. So I’m trying to go through and fix the follows to be more useful from a baseball standpoint. That spurred me to take on a new task that could be useful for others: I’m making a handy AL Central list for people who want to keep up on division news all in one place. Check out what I've got so far, and if there’s any useful tweeters from division rivals who should be added please let me know.
Royals.com: With Jason Kendall out, Royals explore catching options
Kendall won't be ready in time for opening day, but someone has to catch in KC, right? Man that's going to be a long year for their fans.
WhiteSox.com: Buehrle honored with Opening Day nod
Not a big surprise but worth noting.
MLive: Andy Dirks has worked his way into outfield mix for Tigers
Another name in the outfield mix:Andy Dirks.
A survey of team slogans on their team websites:
Tigers: Always a Tiger
Sox: All in
Twins:This is Twins Territory
Royals: Major League Moments.
Indians: Are You In The Tribe?
Detroit wins for most classy, least hokey and best overall. But I'm a bit biased.