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Morning Prowl: Good Friday, D-Train Follies, and Fifth Third Burgers

Hey, check out who was quoted in this Detroit Free Press story about Opening Day at Comerica Park being played during traditional services for Good Friday. (They couldn't have mentioned his blog? Ah, well.)

TigerBlog's Brian Borawski answers five questions about the Detroit Tigers going into the season for The Hardball Times.

Did Dontrelle Willis have a breakthrough in yesterday's camp game? High leg kick and all, he threw four scoreless innings, albeit to minor leaguers. Jeremy Bonderman - who also pitched, along with Armando Galarraga - was impressed with what he saw, anyway.

Speaking of Bonderman, he was frustrated with his velocity yesterday. Bondo was topping out around 87 m.p.h. Overall, however, he says he felt good. Bondo's scheduled to start on Sunday against the Braves.

Perhaps a chat with Atlanta manager Bobby Cox helped something click for Willis. The two spoke after last week's game between the Braves and Tigers.

Big League Stew has discovered the wonder that will be the Fifth Third Burger, served at West Michigan Whitecaps games this season.

Look out - MSNBC's Keith Olbermann has a baseball blog. You can find "Baseball Nerd" over at

(via Awful Announcing)

Big Ten Hardball lets us know who will be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame this year. No Tigers connections, but a couple of Michigan ties.

Finally, some tragic news in the baseball blogging community to share. John Brattain, who wrote for Baseball Think Factory and The HardBall Times, passed away yesterday at the age of 44. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters. Condolences to his family.