Jacob Turner is pain-free, Prince Fielder's mother is writing a book, and Nationals manager Davey Johnson thinks his team can get to the World Series. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Detroit Tigers' Jacob Turner 'has no pain' in throwing shoulder, shows progress - MLive, James Schmehl
"Turner, 20, threw from 150 feet early Wednesday and felt no restrictions from the tendonitis in his throwing shoulder that shut him down this past week." There aren't enough exclamation points in the world right now.
Book by Prince Fielder's mother out next month - The Detroit News, Eric Lacy
It seems that both Prince and Cecil are OK with the book, so it should be interesting to see how in-depth Stacey August goes about the relationship between her son and ex-husband.
Another spring, another challenge for Detroit's Inge - CBS Sports, Scott Miller
A piece on Brandon Inge from a national columnist presented without comment. So, naturally, make your own.
Trade for fifth starter more likely? Hold on - Beck's Blog
Beck seems to think that the Nationals will be hesitant to trade John Lannan because of Chien-Ming Wang's health (or lack thereof) for the beginning of the season.
HBT Extra: Previewing the AL Central - HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
Brownie points to Craig for predicting that the Tigers will be in "double first place" in the AL Central this season.
Tigers vs. The Central: The Infield - Walkoff Woodward, Grey Papke
This fight was almost fair before the Prince Fielder signing. Now? Kurt could be our 2nd baseman and we'd still top this list.
Ryan Raburn has led scorching Detroit Tigers offense this spring - ESPN Insider, Buster Olney
For those with an ESPN Insider subscription, Buster Olney gives the Tigers hitters some well-deserved press for their performance this spring.
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Tim Lincecum wants revenge on Clayton Kershaw - ESPN The Magazine, Tim Keown
Regardless of your opinion on National League baseball, these two were must-see TV in 2011. Bill James agrees: all four Lincecum-Kershaw matchups are among the top 32 of his 100 best pitchers duels post linked here previously.
Washington Nationals' Davey Johnson: "I Think We Can Win The Pennant." - Federal Baseball, Patrick Reddington
Hey, I won't object to watching the Tigers clinch the World Series in D.C. next fall. Make it happen, Davey.
Cardinals' Chris Carpenter shut down; Kyle Lohse to start opener - MLB.com, Jenifer Langosch
It's disappointing to see a guy like Carpenter hurt so often because he's one heck of a pitcher when healthy. Of course, it's also easy to say all of that when we hardly ever have to face him.
MLB Free Agency: 5 Teams That Could Give Joey Votto Long-Term Deal He Seeks - Bleacher Report, Ian Casselberry
No, the Tigers are not on this list. Still, I refuse to doubt Mike Ilitch.