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Detroit Tigers Links: Austin Jackson's maturity & Andy Dirks strains left intercostal

Austin Jackson continues to mature, Andy Dirks strains his left intercostal, and why we might be underrating the Chicago White Sox. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


Austin Jackson continues to mature for Tigers
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

He turned 26 three weeks ago and you can see the maturity. There's more muscle. More confidence. He hit two long drives to the warning track in Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

Tigers' Max Scherzer slowly rounding into form at spring training
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe

"Really terrific. We’ll know more tomorrow if there is any stiffness. But I don’t expect that. He felt free and easy (today). His stuff was electric."

Dirks scratched with left intercostal strain
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

The injuries so far in Tigers camp are minor, but they’re starting to add up. They now include a projected member of the Opening Day lineup, with Andy Dirks scratched from Sunday’s game shortly before first pitch.

Great Expectations
Walkoff Woodward, Sam Genson

I’m scared. Well, perhaps nervous or apprehensive is a better way to describe it.

Mickey Mouse Operation
Brain Matters

Here are some random thoughts from Spring Training day one. There will be more later, but here are a few tidbits.

A Reminder That Spring Training Wins Don't Count
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum

And a perfect example of exactly why. The Toronto Blue Jays, after a few big trades and some free agent acquisitions, are expected to have their best team in decades.

Why Spring Training is exciting.
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

I can confirm that this cartoon is completely accurate.

Jeffrey Loria posts "Letter To Our Fans" in Miami newspapers
HardballTalk, Drew Silva

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria took out a full-page ad in the Sunday editions of the Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post and South Florida Sun-Sentinel and published a "Letter To Our Fans.

Who was best at playing the field?
The Hardball Times, James Gentile

A look at the greatest three-year defensive contributions at each position in the live ball era.

Curtis Granderson out 10 weeks after fracturing right forearm
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

According to multiple reports, all-star outfielder Curtis Granderson will be sidelined an estimated 10 weeks after fracturing his right forearm in the Yankees Grapefruit League game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

Why we're again underrating the White Sox
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Here we go again. The Tigers will run away with the American League Central! This is the year the Royals finally break through!