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Lunchtime Prowl: Hart Rumors, Grandy Salutes Scott, Oswalt's No-Trade, and Porcello's Workload

Could the Tigers be interested in Brewers outfielder Corey Hart? According to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, Detroit is one of three teams that have either scouted or inquired about him.

So far this season, Hart is batting .256/.330/.415 with five homers and 19 RBIs. Milwaukee might be looking to deal him, as he's eligible for arbitration and might want to avoid paying him a pricey one-year deal or multi-year contract. And the Tigers arguably need a bat. But would Hart be the right one (especially with Wilkin Ramirez waiting in Toledo)?

(via Motown Sports)

In his latest post for Big League Stew, Curtis Granderson tips his cap to Luke Scott, who - as Rod Allen might say - beat Tigers pitching like they stole something this weekend. Grandy also joked with Aubrey Huff about the Tigers trying to get Scott in a trade and addresses those fans who thought throwing at the Tigers Killer might solve some problems.

Just how much has Edwin Jackson improved this season? Tiger Tales has all the pertinent numbers lined up for you in a handy chart, including Jackson's numbers with the Rays last year, and his career statistics before 2009.

Tom Gage asks his readers if Chad Moeller could be a possibility to replace Dane Sardinha as the Tigers' backup catcher. Moeller was designated for assignment by the Orioles when they called up Matt Wieters.

But with a .200/.259/.360 average before he was cut loose, is he enough of an upgrade over Sardinha. (Granted, those numbers almost look impressive next to The Pineapple's .083/.080/.125 average.)

For today's Freep, John Lowe points out that not only has Fernando Rodney gone 10-for-10 in save opportunities, but he's pitched in 20 games this season in which the Tigers had a lead and protected it each time. (Are we risking the jinx with this?)

Buster Olney thinks Placido Polanco is looking at getting a one-year deal at best in free agency after the season.

If you were concerned at all about rumblings that the White Sox might go after Roy Oswalt after losing out on Jake Peavy, have no fear. The Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz reports that Oswalt would veto such a deal. Does that make strike two for Kenny Williams?

(via Baseball Musings)

Tracy Ringolsby highlights the Tigers' "Handle with Care" approach with Rick Porcello so far this season. They've been keeping his pitch counts low, and with Jeremy Bonderman likely close to returning, maybe we'll see a reduction in his innings by skipping a turn in the rotation here and there.

(via Scott Warheit)

In the FanPosts, Boney writes about his post-game confrontation with some Orioles fans after yesterday's Tigers win, and wonders why some fans feel the need to be nasty to supporters of the visiting team. has posted its list of the MLB Draft's Top 10 Worst #1 Overall Picks. You can probably guess where the Tigers connection lies (as well as an close call involving the Padres' selection in 2004.