ONE FREAKING DAY UNTIL PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT!!! This is so exciting, I'm including an old jersey and a new jersey.
Verlander wanted to stay with the Tigers and made sure it happened when it was time for it to happen. So will he turn recruiter this season to help make it happen for Scherzer as well?
Ausmus didn't go into detail about how spring training might be different under him than it was under Jim Leyland, but he did speak about how important the "little things" in baseball can be over the course of a long season.
Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander: Surgery was a 'blessing in disguise'
Detroit Free Press, George Sipple
'My goal now is the start of the season,' Verlander said. 'Whether that's Game 1, I don't know. But I intend on being ready.'
Verlander talks Leyland, Scherzer, contracts
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
The big story about Justin Verlander on Tuesday was his throwing status and his expectation that he'll be ready for the start of the season.
Key position switches for 2014
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"Cabrera isn't a great first baseman, no matter what people try to tell you." Well you're no fun.
Elsewhere in baseball:
Ground Balls: A Hitter’s Best Friend?
The Hardball Times, Dan Farnsworth
Hitting the ball on the ground creates something of a dichotomy for hitters and coaches. Some demand it, trying to put pressure on the defense by forcing more fielders to handle the ball on each play.
Roy Oswalt was one of the best when he was in his prime, but then his prime ended, as did his health and effectiveness.
Former major leaguer Michael Young says he's had gay teammates and, though he doesn't know who, added that it wouldn't have been a problem had they revealed their sexual identity.
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