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Detroit Tigers Links: Spring Training 2013 is here & Bruce Rondon is getting a lot of love

The Tigers are officially beginning Spring Training today, Jim Leyland really seems to like Bruce Rondon, and the Tigers are holding open tryouts. These stories and Doug Fister playing Connect Four in today's Morning Prowl.

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

If Opening Day is like Christmas for baseball fans, then the first day of Spring Training is New Year's Day. There's a lot of celebration and everyone promises that they will be better than last year, but you just end up sitting on your couch all day.

Analysis: Bruce Rondon extremely likely to start season as closer for Detroit Tigers
MLive, Chris Iott

"The Tigers are unlikely to use him exclusively in the ninth inning anyway. They will likely want to see him pitch against other team's starters, who are usually removed after a couple at-bats early in spring training."

Tigers announce open tryout for March 4 in Lakeland
The Detroit News
Sadly, I am too old to participate in this. Otherwise, this may have turned into the best (read: most comical) video that BYB has ever seen.

Danny Worth Could Play Some Outfield for Detroit Tigers
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder
Let's be honest here: there's no way he would be worse than Brennan Boesch.

Leyland on Rondon: I’ll take talent (sound familiar?)
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

"'I’ve taken a few kids since I’ve been here,' Leyland said. 'They’ve turned out pretty good.'"

Giants vs. Tigers: A World Series rematch … in Connect 4 (Video)
Big League Stew, Mike Oz
I couldn't get the video to load, so I have no idea who wins this. My money is on Doug Fister, especially if he's wearing a suit. Business Fister takes no prisoners.

Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg Tells's Buster Olney He Wants To Be A Workhorse, Throw 200+ Innings
Federal Baseball, Patrick Reddington

"The innings limits are behind him, though the Nationals aren't likely to allow Strasburg to increase his workload more than they would any other pitcher in the organization."

New Signing Limits Put Free Spending Rays in Their Place
FanGraphs, Dave Cameron
Since I spent the weekend griping about Cameron's analysis of the Tigers bullpen, I figured that I should post something of his that I agree with. Great writeup here on the new CBA's ridiculous constraints on international spending.

Brett Lawrie, Brandon Morrow analyze airplane flatulence
HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Somehow, Tim Kurkjian missed this one when he wrote that piece about Spring Training yesterday.

Indians Sign Daisuke Matsuzaka
Let's Go Tribe, Jason Lukehart
The Indians are signing EVERYONE.