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The D-Train Says He Feels Stronger

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If you had "two days before" in the "How soon into Spring Training will we get the 'Dontrelle Willis is in the best shape of his life' story" pool, congratulations. You've won the praise and admiration of your peers. Pick up your prize at the door.

Take it away, Mr. Henning:

An off-season regimen overseen by Javair Gillett, the Tigers' strength and conditioning coach, focused on endurance and streamlining his 6-foot-4 frame. He has been listed at 225 pounds on the Tigers' roster.

"I talked with Javair a lot -- maybe too much," Willis said with a chuckle. "It was run and run all off-season. Usually, I'm a long-distance guy. These drills were just shorter."

The D-Train steams into Lakeland five pounds lighter and feeling stronger. Pitching coach Rick Knapp says he has "looked terrific."

Nowhere to go but up, right?