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Detroit Tigers Links: Don Kelly's versatility & Jim Leyland's tough decision

March 11, 2012; Clearwater, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Don Kelly (32) hits a single in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Networks Field.
March 11, 2012; Clearwater, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Don Kelly (32) hits a single in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Networks Field.

Don Kelly's versatility amplified by a home run; Justin Verlander named opening day starter; and six players (one Tiger) with the most to prove this season. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Homer only adds to Don Kelly's versatility -- The Detroit News, Tom Gage
Gage thinks Don Kelly's home run in Friday's loss to the Phillies is just further proof that he's probably the most versatile player on the Tigers roster. Is Kelly really as valuable as everyone claims? Does a home run make someone versatile? Rogo certainly doesn't think so.

Jim Leyland still doesn't see Tigers' fifth starter -- Detroit Free Press, George Sipple
I know we're still early into spring training, but I'm just not sure if I really believe him. He's got to have a few ideas, don't you think?

6 Players With The Most To Prove This Season -- Baseball Nation, Wendy Thurm
There's a Tiger on this list. I want you all to guess who it is before you go look. OK, I can't wait, it's Brandon Inge. On a scale of one to Inged, how surprised are you?

Justin Verlander to start for Detroit Tigers on Opening Day for fifth consecutive season --, Chris Iott
I. Am. Shocked.

Will We Be 'Raburned' Again? -- Motor City Bengals, Bryan Craves
Ryan Raburn is being Ryan Raburn and he's making all Tigers fans think he might actually be productive in the first half of the season. So will his awesome production in spring training finally translate into the regular season? We shall see.

Randy Johnson says he’s enjoying retirement, Justin Verlander’s Big Unit impression -- Big League Stew, David Brown
He probably also enjoyed Kate Upton a little bit.

Who is the Tigers All-time Strikeout Leader? -- Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
"Who is the best strikeout pitcher the Tigers have ever had? One simple answer might be Justin Verlander who has the most strikeouts per nine innings of any Tigers pitcher with at least 500 career innings."

Tigers vs. the Central: The Outfield -- Walkoff Woodward, Grey Papke
A look at the Detroit Tigers outfield situation and how it compares to the rest of the AL Central.

Crystal Balls -- Brain Matters
More predictions from PhilCokesBrain, more laughs from me.

Walks and Balks and Bunts, Oh My!
Here's a relatively new Tigers site I'd recommend checking out. The author recently had the opportunity to do a few brief interviews with some of the Tigers players. Definitely check it out and show her some support!

BYB March Madness 2012 -- Click here to enter! Weeeeee!
Who's got the most hoops knowledge? (Or who's the luckiest?) Let's find out again. BYB League GROUP ID# 71877 password: BYB

Elsewhere in baseball:

Sandlot Baseball Filled the Day for We 1970s Kids; Does it Still Now? -- Where Have You Gone, Johnny Grubb?, Greg Eno
This isn't really Tigers-centric, but it's a good read nonetheless. Maybe some of the readers with kids out there can answer this question.

Chris Perez on track to resume mound work this week -- HardballTalk, Drew Silva
"Indians closer Chris Perez is making a steady recovery from the oblique strain that he suffered during his first bullpen session of the spring, according to's Jordan Bastian, and may be ready to resume mound workouts this week."

Yoenis Céspedes homers in Cactus League debut (Video) -- Big League Stew, David Brown
That's not a bad way to instantly make your new fanbase love you. We'll see, however, if this home run is indicative of the kind of debut season Céspedes will have.