"Tuiasosopo was so anonymous early on in camp that media members didn't even notice that he was absent for one early game. Tuiasosopo left the team for a day to be there for the birth of his son, Josiah. At one point in spring, he was 0-for-14 with eight strikeouts. But he has hit his stride since then. He is now hitting .327 with a 1.015 OPS."
Justin Verlander: Tiger for Life?
Baseball Hot Corner, Jon Erkkila
Jon will be writing a lot of Tigers-centric stuff for BHC, and gets off to a nice start here. He is one of Patrick/Tigerdog's good friends, and if we've learned anything from his other friends -- Singledigit and GWilson -- it's that we hired the wrong guy.
Around the AL Central:
"Mauer knows there is a lot responsibility resting on his shoulders this year. He will be handling the pitching staff again this year, the Twins need him to consistently get on base and they need his bat in the lineup every day. Plus, he has an added charge this year -- Mauer and his wife, Maddie, are expecting twins."
Ramirez looks like surprise addition to Twins
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Patrick Reusse
Ramirez's career .364/.385/.818 line as a Tiger would be a nice right-handed option for Andy Dirks, no?
How much did the White Sox really pay for Virgil Trucks?
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
We all read Al's excellent piece on Trucks on Monday, but here's how he became a member of the Chicago White Sox after his time in Detroit.
Elsewhere in Baseball:
The five springs you're hoping aren't a mirage
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
Let's hope that last one doesn't come true...