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2013 Player Previews: An in-depth look at the specific parts of the Tigers roster

Our countdown to Spring Training has begun! We will be taking a close look at a player each day leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting for duty on February 12th.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Justin Verlander

What more can be said about the best pitcher on the planet?

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Bruce Rondon

Bruce Rondon might have the most electric arm in the Tigers organization -- yeah, even over you-know-who -- but can he find the command to be effective?

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Joaquin Benoit

Joaquin Benoit's numbers have been trending the wrong way for the past three seasons, but that's just because he was so unbelievably good for Tampa Bay in 2010. There's no need to hit the panic button just yet.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Miguel Cabrera

As scary as it is to think about (for opposing teams), Miguel Cabrera can improve upon his MVP numbers from 2012.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Prince Fielder

Hey, what else was I going to put in the title? "So-and-so is good at baseball" is tomorrow's title.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Doug Fister

Fister's 2012 season was derailed slightly by an early season injury, but he rebounded to have another huge second half for the Tigers. Can he put two halves together in 2013?

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Torii Hunter

You will probably see at least 20 stories between now and Opening Day about how Torii Hunter's experience and veteran savvy will help the Tigers in 2013. While all of that is nice, the guy can still play.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer took a major step forward in 2012, putting up the best overall season of his career. He needs to avoid a step back in 2013.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Omar Infante

For the first time in years, the Tigers will have a competent second baseman on Opening Day. Infante will need to improve on his poor showing with the Tigers in 2012 though.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Brayan Pena

Pena won't hit .300 or steal plate appearances from Alex Avila, but he should be able to spell Avila for the occasional day off.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Putkonen & Marte

Both Luke Putkonen and Luis Marte saw limited action with the Tigers last year. While there may not be many bullpen innings to go around, don't be surprised if either of these guys sees more action in 2013.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Andy Dirks

Andy Dirks has been labeled as a fourth outfielder by every scout and blogger in the business, but his stats last season said otherwise. Will the real Andy Dirks please stand up?

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Alex Avila

Avila struggled at the plate in 2012, hitting just .243 in 116 games. With backup catcher Gerald Laird gone, expect Avila to play more games and improve his numbers in 2013.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Austin Jackson

It took a couple of hits in his last game, but Austin Jackson hit .300 last year en route to a breakout season. Will he repeat those numbers in 2013? I'm not 100% sure he will, but it isn't out of the question.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Victor Martinez

Can we just clone the 2011 version of Victor Martinez and call it a day? If not, we might want to lower our gaze a bit, especially considering he hasn't played baseball in about 16 months.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Avisail Garcia

The 21 year old outfielder was effective, though not overly impressive, during his September call-up last season. If he outperforms others in Lakeland, the Tigers may not be able to keep him in the minors for long.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Duane Below

Duane Below pitched well in a long relief role last season, but recent comments by Jim Leyland make it seem as if either Rick Porcello or Drew Smyly will fill that role in 2013.

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2013 player profile: Jeff Kobernus

Jeff Kobernus stole 95 bases during the past two minor-league seasons. Detroit added him to the roster via the Rule 5 draft this past year. But does he have what it takes to stay on the Tigers' roster all season?

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Casey Crosby

Left-handed pitcher Casey Crosby has had command issues throughout his career, so it goes without saying that he could boost his value considerably if he fixes those in 2013.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Anibal Sanchez

Anibal Sanchez is looking to continue his great run of success that he had in late 2012... but hopefully with a bit more run support.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Octavio Dotel

His uniforms might have been inconsistent throughout his career, but Octavio Dotel's stat lines have been remarkably similar for 14 seasons. Here's hoping he does it for a 15th year.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Rick Porcello

So much for wavering headlines. Porcello has earned the job and is the best option if the Tigers want to take home a third consecutive division title in 2013.

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2013 Player Previews: Infield and Catcher edition

None of these four players profiled today projects to receive much playing time in the MLB this year. But there's a chance three of them might get into some games. Who's the best bet to handle the opportunity?

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2013 profiles: Bullpen options

It's no secret that our timing with this series was a bit off. There are too many players on the 40-man roster to finish the series in time for pitchers and catchers reporting. UNLESS we cheated by combining a few players into one post. The time to cheat is at hand.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Quintin Berry

Quintin Berry faces an uphill battle to make the Tigers roster out of Spring Training this season.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Al Alburquerque

Al Alburquerque might not be the first choice to pitch the 9th inning for the Tigers this year (or second, or third...), but he has the stuff to close if needed.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Jhonny Peralta

Someone photoshop an Uncle Sam hat onto a picture of Peralta ASAP.

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2013 player preview: Brayan Villarreal

Some have called right-handed reliever Brayan Villarreal a future closer. Others have a hard time projecting him as anything but middle relief. The stats and projections can bolster arguments for either side. We ask: What is most likely to actually happen in 2013?

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Brennan Boesch

Brennan Boesch his the proverbial wall in 2012, bombing out after much hype. Can he finally live up to it a year later? Of course, he'll have to play his way off the bench first.

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2013 player preview: Darin Downs

That Darin Downs made the major leagues at all is remarkable after suffering a fractured skull earlier in his pro baseball career. Can the magic continue in 2013?

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2013 player preview: Danny Worth

Take 75 North used to be a Tigers minor league blog. It was also the name of Danny Worth's diary in 2012. Will things change in 2013?

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Drew Smyly

Since my countdown got all jumbled thanks to the people with the organization that make important decisions like "Spring Training start dates," we're skipping ahead a bit. Mr. Smyly? You're up.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Ramon Santiago

Ramon Santiago had an abysmal 2012 season, barely clearing the Mendoza line at the plate. After returning to the Dominican Winter League this offseason (he didn't play there before 2012), Santiago hopes to rebound in 2013.

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2013 Tigers Player Preview: Phil Coke

With 40 days left until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, we're going to start previewing each player on the Tigers' 40-man roster. Naturally, we're starting with #40, left-handed reliever Phil Coke.

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