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Detroit Tigers Links: Rick Porcello as a closer & what Torii Hunter brings to Detroit

Rick Porcello's potential as a closer, what Torii Hunter brings to Detroit, and an update on spring training position battles. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Rick Yeatts

Tigers need a closer - why not Rick Porcello?
The Detroit News, Jerry Green

The saga of Dennis Eckersley, who shifted from starter to closer for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987, is pertinent now, during spring training 2013 for the Tigers. The Tigers have an overabundance of starters, and a possible opening at closer.

What Will Torii Hunter Bring to the Tigers?
Motor City Bengals, Scott Byrne

Solidifying RF and the 2-hole - Hunter sets his sights on the Series.

Sunday: Expect busy stretch run
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Jim Leyland likes to say that you can tell a little about a player and how he’ll react in the big leagues by how he reacts late in Spring Training when the clubhouse gets less crowded and the roster whittles down to a few final decisions.

Spring training position battles update
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Let's take a quick look at some interesting spring training position battles. Maybe we'll check back later in the day with another report.

‘L’il Papi’ becomes a viral hit after jersey-popping, money-counting home run trot
Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk

We don't know much about the young ballplayer in the video below. We don't know his name, nor do we know where this video was shot.

Searching for a defense of Angel Hernandez
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Does anyone like Angel Hernandez's umpiring? An investigation into the obvious.