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Morning Prowl: Fake Grandy, Panic Buttons, Inge's Walks, and Posnanski's Rule

In his weekly post for Big League Stew, Curtis Granderson shares several stories he's heard about people pretending to be him or lying about talking to his representatives.

And he's right; people shouldn't do that. But Fake Clete Thomas sure had an Happy Easter.

Jeff Passan thought it might already be time for the Indians to hit the panic button at 1-6. Teams that start badly usually don't finish the season at .500, let alone in the playoffs. And now, after last night's loss to the Royals, the Tribe is 1-7.

The Spot Starters noticed an encouraging trend in Brandon Inge's numbers, aside from the batting average and home runs. Inge is drawing an impressive number of walks, as well.

Jason Beck lets us know that Mark Fidrych's legendary game against the Yankees from April 1976 can now be viewed at

Beyond the Box Score looks at Ryan Perry through the Pitch F/X machine and finds a blazing fastball that doesn't have much movement on it. Will that be a concern down the line?

(via Detroit Tigers Weblog)

As a funny sidenote, BtBS also looked at the Pitch F/X charts for Nick Swisher's pitching performance on Monday night.

(Would Matt Joyce have struck out against Swisher, like Gabe Kapler did? Of course, even if he hadn't been sent down to the minors, Joyce might not have been in there against a left-hander.)

Aaron Gleeman points out two examples of how baseball fans in other cities get much more interesting coverage from their beat writers' blogs. C'mon, wouldn't you want to know if Tom Gage packed enough underwear for the Tigers' upcoming road trip?

Detroit4Lyfe wonders if any Tigers might have partaken in "The Rain Game" on Monday night. What's "The Rain Game"? Click over to find out.

I noticed on Facebook that Old English D was planning to attend yesterday's ballgame. And when it was rained out, I wondered how she took it. Thanks to her latest blog post, I now know.

Joe Posnanski proposes that batters be allowed to decline intentional walks. But in Posnanski's scenario, pitchers would still have to throw four balls, which could allow for moments such as David Purcey throwing a pitch past his catcher last week and allowing a run to score.