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Morning Prowl: Spring Recaps, Bold Predictions, and AL Central Injuries

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For a first-hand account of yesterday's Grapefruit League opener, check out Sean's account at Trumbull and Michigan with interesting anecdotes galore (followed by an excellent rant).

According to Jason Beck, the pitchers facing the Nationals today will be Edwin Jackson, Nate Robertson, Rick Porcello, Joel Zumaya, Clay Rapada, and Macay McBride.

If Take 75 North is right about how the West Michigan pitching rotation will look, with two to three notable prospects, Comstock Park might be a fun place to watch some baseball this season.

After visiting Lakeland to check out the team, Peter Gammons thinks the Tigers might exceed expectations in 2009.

Following up on his comments here after yesterday's game, Bob posted his thoughts on the Tigers' first spring game at Detroit4lyfe and sees a team that's going to surprise people this year.

With a look at Fernando Rodney, The Daily Fungo continues its 2009 player profiles. You know, these would've looked great in some sort of paperback annual devoted to the Detroit Tigers. Alas...

Tiger Geist is excited about Detroit's outfield prospects getting lots of playing time, with the regular starters off to play in the World Baseball Classic.

If you're still disappointed that the Tigers didn't sign Kerry Wood this offseason, consider that he's already sitting out with a sore back. However, Anthony Castrovince says Wood is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.

In other AL Central news, the Twins have lost Boof Bonser for the season, as he's in need of shoulder surgery. Why is this disappointing if you're a Tigers fan? Bonser gave up 17 runs (14 earned) in 12.1 innings against Detroit last year.