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Yahoo Writer Breaks Down Central

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports put up a very brief preview of the AL Central for 2007 a couple days ago, highlighting every team in the Tigers conference along the way.

Here is what he has for the Tigers:

First impression: We're still trying to swallow the screams that escaped every time a Tigers pitcher turned to throw to third base during the World Series. But, these things happen. The Twins won't have Francisco Liriano and the White Sox have taken a subtle step backward, so the Tigers - with a great acquisition in Gary Sheffield and a good one in Jose Mesa - return as the favorites in the division.

Competition: The Tigers have little to settle. The rotation is set with Kenny Rogers, Jeremy Bonderman, Nate Robertson, Justin Verlander and Mike Maroth, so Andrew Miller gets a full season of minor-league starts. Reliever Wil Ledezma could feel a push from a fellow left-hander, Rule 5 acquisition Edward Campusano, and Joey Eischen, Felix Heredia and Tim Byrdak, among others, could fill a bullpen role.

Healing: Maroth missed more than three months last season after having bone chips removed from his left elbow. He returned in time to make four September relief appearances and was not on the postseason roster, but is expected to be his old innings-eating self come April.

Next: Miller, the 6-foot-6 left-hander, likely will start in the minors, but could arrive by midseason if the Tigers need him. A first-rounder in June, Miller made eight late-season appearances in the big leagues and the ball jumps out of his hand.


Again, you can check out his brief summaries on all the Central teams by going to the link. You will not find much that you don't already know, though.

I really, really, really can't wait for Spring Training to start!