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Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera's health & Chipper Jones' retirement


Shockingly, Miguel Cabrera's health plays a role in the opening day roster, Chipper Jones announces his retirement, and adds the Negro League stats to its database. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Miguel Cabrera's health will have effect on how Tigers lineup stacks up for opener --, Chris Iott
I don't mean to sound rude but the headline of this article screams, "No s***."

Tigers' fifth starter remains mystery -- The Detroit News, Tom Gage
"What if the starter isn't here, after all? Then perhaps Washington's John Lannan just got a lot more attractive. If ever the competition for a starting spot looked crowded, it's now." Seriously this fifth starter nonsense is making my head spin. I can't keep up anymore.

Detroit Tigers preview -- Sporting News, Anthony Witrado
A preview of the Detroit Tigers from the Sporting News, which also offers previews for the rest of the AL Central.

Spring training with the Detroit Tigers -- ESPN The Magazine, Steve Wulf
This is truly a great article. Totally captures the essence of the Detroit Tigers. And it certainly makes me proud to call myself a fan.

Lester hopes for cold day in Detroit -- Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
I'm thinking that cold weather might be a long shot this year. But, then again, it's Michigan. You can never be too sure.

Will The Tigers Be The 2005 Yankees? -- Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
There have been a lot of comparisons surrounding the Tigers this off season, but I have yet to see one comparing them to the 2005 Yankees. Until now.

Justin Verlander predicts he'll throw 107 mph. I will not question him. Video after the jump.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Negro League stats now available at -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
This is fantastic. There's really no other way to describe it.

On The Miami Marlins And Ballpark Backdrops -- Baseball Nation, Jeff Sullivan
The Miami Marlins are like a car wreck I can't look away from. And this whole stadium backdrop debacle just makes me giggle.

Talking Chop -- For Atlanta Braves Fans
I just linked to the homepage of SB Nation's Atlanta Braves site because they have a few good stories up on Chipper Jones' retirement including video of his retirement press conference yesterday. Definitely worthy of a read.

Healthier Twins could be contenders again in AL Central -- Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
"Two things jump out as different about the Twins from last year — two things that could help them again become commendable and perhaps challenge the Tigers in the American League Central."