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Morning Prowl: Dombrowski, Leyland happy with Tigers

As the Tigers wrapped up spring training and got ready to head north to New York City for Thursday's season opener, GM Dave Dombrowski talked to the press about his expectations for the year.

The highlights? He's very happy and says it's the best the club has been during his time with the team (

"We have now a nice blend of young players at the big-league level, veteran players and some guys in the prime of their career. And they’re backed up by some guys behind them that are prospects that are talented. And again, the system’s deeper than it has been. So I think, from an organizational perspective, we’re further along.

Jim Leyland added his two cents, telling's Steve Kornacki:

I think we accomplished pretty much everything we wanted to do," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "We got the regulars ready to go, tuned up and ready to start the season.

"No. 2, we played decent. It’s cosmetic, but our record was decent so people don’t get restless. And No. 3, we saw a lot of kids play and I’m very impressed with the kids.

The rest of the links:

Sports Illustrated: Tigers will win 89 games but finish behind Twins
This 88-90 win range seems awfully popular for people predicting the Tigers.

The Detroit News Tigers Over-Under Contest is back; enter now
A fun contest, make sure to get your ideas in!

AL Central In Focus: AL Central's Top-50 Prospects
Corey Ettinger gives his thoughts on the division's prospects.I'd say Jacob Turner is a bit low, but I don't exactly follow prospects anywhere but Detroit. Also check the site out for all the division rosters.

The Daily Fungo by Mike McClary: The 'X' Factor
Mike thinks the season hinge's on Phil Coke.

Motor City Bengals: Prediction Time! or Everyone Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t I?
John Parent makes his predictions for the season.

Baseball-Intellect -- Detroit Tigers Top-15 Prospects of 2011, No’s 1 – 5
Alex Eisenberg looks into the top prospects.

Baseball-Intellect -- Detroit Tigers Top-15 Prospects of 2011, No’s 6 – 15