Baseball Tonight visits Lakeland; Detroit Tigers sleeper prospects; and the possibility of Justin Verlander and Doug Fister sharing the fifth starter role. These stories and more in today's morning prowl!
Sixth stop, BBTN Bus Tour: Tigers -- Spring Training Blog, Tim Kurkjian
"Day 6 of the Bus Tour takes us to the Detroit Tigers' camp. Tony La Russa is here. He and Terry Francona hugged. Then Francona and Jim Leyland hugged." Awesome.
Tigers Could Use Verlander and Fister to Help Save a Young Arm -- The Tigers Den, Matt Snyder
Remember that one time someone mentioned letting Justin Verlander become the Tigers' fifth starter? Well, Snyder thinks it's not a completely ridiculous notion. Could it work? Probably. Is it the best idea? I have to chew on it a little bit longer.
Look for pitching prospects in Fla. Southern game -- Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
It looks like we could see our first glimpse of a few of the Tigers potential fifth starter prospects. Andy Oliver, Casey Crosby and Drew Smyly are likely to make their spring debut Friday when the Tigers play Florida Southern in an exhibition game at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Zumaya Has Simple, Yet Difficult To Make -- Where Have You Gone, Johnny Grubb?, Greg Eno
Joel Zumaya and Justin Verlander may have entered spring training in 2006 on a level playing field. But the careers that have followed have been anything but identical -- and certainly not ideal for one of them.
Down on the Farm: 2012 Tigers Sleeper Prospects -- Motor City Bengals, James R. Chipman
Given the time of year, we've all seen plenty of articles discussing and dissecting Major League Baseball's top prospects. Here, Chipman introduces (or re-introduces depending on how awesome you are) some lesser-known prospects who could make a big impact.
Detroit Tigers very likely to have at least three left-handed pitchers on Opening Day roster -- MLive.com, Chris Iott
Articles like this are a pretty good indication that news is slow during this time of year. Nevertheless, I find this interesting. I know the article says Jim Leyland won't stick left-handers out there just for the sake of doing so. But it's Leyland, so nothing is out of the question.
VIDEO: Verlander wants to see you at Comerica Park in 2012 -- Tigers.com
It's as if he is speaking directly to me. I hear you Justin. And I WILL make the effort.
Now Taking Orders for Miguel Cabrera’s "¿Si or No?" T-Shirts -- Walkoff Woodward, Doc Worn
Our prayers have officially been answered. Thanks to Walkoff Woodward, Alternative Heros, and the always quotable Miguel Cabrera, you can have your very own "¿Si or No?" T-shirt. Orders are being taken now through March 4.
Around the AL Central:
Salvador Perez Provides Solid, Long-Term Answer For Kansas City Royals At Catcher -- SB Nation Kansas City, Matt Conner
"The Kansas City Royals announced an extension for one of their young players, but surprisingly it was not Alex Gordon or Eric Hosmer. Instead Dayton Moore and company locked up 22-year-old catcher Salvador Perez with a long-term deal announced yesterday."
Albert Belle pays Tribe a visit: Cleveland Indians spring training briefing -- The Plain Dealer, Paul Hoynes
Apparently Albert Belle is 85 years old. There's no news here, technically, I just couldn't get over the fact that Belle doesn't seem to age particularly well.
Ozzie Guillen has one rule: Don’t be late for the [bleeping] National Anthem -- HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
I mean, he kind of has a point, no?
Elsewhere in baseball:
Braun's sample collector denies tampering -- CBSSports.com, C. Trent Rosecrans
I'm sure none of us saw this coming.
Astros make first dumb move of season -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
In other words, this will not be the only dumb move the Astros make this season. Though, moving Brett Myers to the bullpen might not be the worst idea. He has experience there, at least. Yeah ... that's all I got.
A.J. Burnett gets No. 34, starts college fund for Pirates teammate’s daughter -- Big League Stew, David Brown
When I first read this headline, I said "awwww, I didn't know A.J. Burnett was so generous." Turns out he's not really. He just really wanted to wear No. 34. But I guess if you're going to bribe a teammate, that's about as honorable a way to do it as any.
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