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Rick Porcello doesn't want to go to the bullpen, Miguel Cabrera is working on his defense, and Jim Leyland still won't give us any closer hints. These stories and more in a special weekend Morning Prowl.
Yeah, I was bored.
"I'm not even thinking about going to the bullpen," [Porcello] said. "I believe that I'm an established starter, and I believe that I belong in the starting rotation, and that's what I'm thinking about. I'm preparing to start for the Detroit Tigers. I'm not even considering the bullpen as an option."
"After a historic season in which his early-morning work last Spring Training paid dividends, he wants to do the same thing this spring. The fact that he rolled into camp at 6:30 a.m. on Friday for running and lifting work was a pretty strong start. Rainy weather kept Tigers position players inside Friday, but Cabrera took ground balls inside in the batting cages."
"You look at Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera -- they hit 30-40 home runs a year, yet they still have great at-bats and get the base hit when they need it," Hunter said. "That's what I see and that's the team I'd like to be a part of.
Melky Cabrera says he ‘gave everything’ to Giants, wants World Series ring
Big League Stew, Mike Oz
Even without the PEDs issue, Melky doesn't deserve one after missing the team's final 45 regular season games -- and remember, the Giants won their division by eight games -- and all of the playoffs.
Washington Nationals And Jordan Zimmermann Agree To Terms For 2013, Avoid Arbitration
Federal Baseball, Patrick Reddington
Zimmermann had a solid season in 2012, but I was surprised to see him light up the radar gun in the high 90s during the Nationals' brief stint in the postseason. I'd like to see whether Zimmermann will add that velocity during key moments in 2013.