Detroit Tigers Links: What Torii Hunter brings to the Tigers & new rule upsets Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Torii Hunter could be what the Tigers need for chemistry, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer voice displeasure over new balk rule, and the Tigers have options if Rick Porcello is traded. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl. Also, make sure to check out Kurt's post for all the updates from TigersFest!

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This is the part where we're all incredibly jealous of Jennifer Cosey from Old English D, who tweeted this photo Saturday.

Tigers have options if Rick Porcello is traded
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

Deep within the Tigers camp's trauma ward, doctors are treating fans shaking and convulsing over Detroit's starting pitching in 2013. Folks are scared. They fear Porcello will be traded.

Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer voice displeasure over change to fake pickoff move
MLive.com, James Schmehl

Under a rule change imposed by Major League Baseball, the fake-to-third, throw-to-first ploy will now be ruled a balk.

Torii Hunter may be right ingredient for Tigers' chemistry
Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp

Looking back on it now, Torii Hunter still menacingly glares. In a 2002 game against Cleveland, Indians pitcher Danys Baez drilled Hunter with a fastball to the ribs. Hunter admitted that he immediately 'saw red.'

Highlights from Leyland at TigerFest
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Jim Leyland spent a good amount of time at TigerFest trying to caution about expectations — it’s OK for fans to have them, he said more than once, but the team has to be cautious about allowing those expectations to affect them.

The Detroit Tigers Have Better Options If Rick Porcello Isn’t Traded
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

Yesterday, at the Detroit News, Lynn Henning wrote that the "Tigers have options if Rick Porcello is traded". His point is that if Porcello were moved out of the picture, the Tigers would still have three or four reasonable options to call up to make some starts.

Frank Thomas, former Chicago White Sox great, says Hall of Fame denials fuel pride
ESPN Chicago, Doug Padilla

Retired Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas says he feels even better about his career after watching steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens fail to gain entry to the Hall of Fame.

The fake to third, throw to first move is now officially a balk
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

We talked about this when the owners voted to ban the move at the owners meeting a couple of weeks ago.

Skilled lip reader transcribes memorable manager-umpire confrontations from 2012
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

One of my favorite stories of the 2012 season was Vin Scully’s humorous attempt to lip read Jim Tracy’s outburst towards umpire Mike Everitt.

Was George Brett really a "weenie" in 1990?
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

Earlier this month, the Kansas City Baseball Historical Society scored big with the appearance of George Brett, and a guest blogger over at Kings of Kauffman posted some choice quotes.

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