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Afternoon Prowl: Tigers chat at FSD, roster quirks and more

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Justin Verlander threw more than 100mph on Monday. Joel Zumaya threw even faster. This just proves the way to get your kids to grow up to be Tigers is to give them a name that starts with J and make sure they throw reallllllly hard.
Justin Verlander threw more than 100mph on Monday. Joel Zumaya threw even faster. This just proves the way to get your kids to grow up to be Tigers is to give them a name that starts with J and make sure they throw reallllllly hard.

Although there wasn't a game to watch last night, the Prowl still finds links, stats and facts of interest!

  • You can join FS Detroit's John Keating in a chat about the Tigers tonight and to get the latest updates. The reason for that, you might recall, is that the Red Wings are making a playoff position push on FS Detroit proper, while the ingloriously basterd bad Pistons are playing on FS Detroit+. That means the Tigers' 8:10 p.m. game will be joined in progress. Unless you live outside the Tigers' media control, anyway. Then you can just watch the game on the free preview of MLB Extra Innings, if your cable company or satellite provider has it.
  • The rest of us will be listening to Dan Dickerson and Jim Price on the radio as Max Scherzer makes his Tigers debut. And while I might really enjoy Dickerson's calling of a game, I really dislike not being able to see Scherzer with my own eyes until the game is rerun at midnight.
  • Ian's take on the situation is at MLive.
  • Personally, I know we're a bit spoiled by having 161 Tigers games scheduled to be televised in their entirety, but I am a bit annoyed none-the-less. The MLB should lift the blackout rule when a team's home fan base can't get them on a local station that day.
  • Still, it's nice that FS Detroit managed to get part of the game onto the schedule, as it was not originally included.
  • In the meantime, just hope there are few stoppages in play during the Wings' game and definitely no overtime.
  • Fun facts from the Tigers' press notes today:
  • Five players were on the Opening Day roster for the first time: Alex Avila, Austin Jackson, Fu-Te Ni, Max Scherzer, Scott Sizemore).
  • Nine were selected by the Tigers in the First-Year Player Draft: Avila, Brandon Inge, Don Kelly, Ryan Perry, Rick Porcello, Ryan Raburn, Sizemore, Justin Verlander, Joel Zumaya.
  • Which just goes to show you, if you want your son to grow up to be a Tiger, give him a name that starts with an R or a J.
  • Scherzer is 2-2 with a 2.95 ERA (seven earned runs in 21 1/3 innings) in four starts against clubs from the American League. He beat the Royals his last trip to Kansas City.
  • In addition to box scores this year, MLB.com is also tracking tweets on a cool little chart. Royals fans edged Tigers fans in the opener. I think they are just better at using hash tags. So be sure to include #Tigers when you tweet about the game tonight!
  • I must say, MLB.com takes advantage of the Internet nicely, though they could take a few tips from NBA.com when it comes to player pages and widgets.
  • Pitch F/X data is really cool tool to follow along with, too. It's what helps operate the GameDay application.It also leave a nice trail of information behind that anyway can access. BrooksBaseball is a great site for looking at it. For example we learn Zumaya really did throw a 102 mph fastball on Monday. That wasn't the radar gun lying. He averaged nearly 101 mph and threw curveballs 33.3 percent of the time.
  • Verlander maxed out at 100.2 and averaged 97.6 on his fastball.
  • Expect Mike to do a report on Scherzer's start tonight and hopefully explain a bit more about Pitch F/X for the newcomers.
  • Cousins Vinyl added even more Tigers songs to its recordings. Today you can find not just Bless You Boys, but Bless You Boys: Do It Again, a follow-up. You can listen as the Tigers go for .. the deuce? Uh-oh! First time I've ever heard that song though, pretty cool!
  • And finally, here's a nice interview with Porcello at Metro Times that Alli found. It excited her. You'll see why.
  • Late addition: Miguel Cabrera can make some Tigers history tonight if he gets a hit off Luke Hochevar in his first at-bat, Jason Beck writes.