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Detroit Tigers Links: Brayan Villarreal's family OK after attempted kidnapping

Brayan Villarreal's family is OK after an attempted kidnapping, Lynn Henning still loves Don Kelly, and Rogo still hates Don Kelly. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


He's back! Versatile Tiger Don Kelly again showing he has something to offer
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

Kelly hit a triple and scored a run against the Yankees on Saturday, three days after he hit a long home run to right-center field in a game against the Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

Everyone Loves Donnie...Except Me, It Seems

This is what I get for not joining everyone in hating Lynn Henning.

Family of Brayan Villarreal survives kidnapping attempt in Venezuela
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

We’ll never forget the scary kidnapping ordeal Wilson Ramos went through in his native Venezuela towards the end of 2011.

Tigers DH Victor Martinez raring to go after missing 2012 season
Detroit Free Press, Shawn Windsor

It is dark when Victor Martinez arrives at Joker Marchant Stadium every morning. And quiet -- not too many major leaguers enter the clubhouse at 6 a.m. this time of the year.

Leyland: V-Mart will return Wednesday, time off was planned
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Jim Leyland provided a little bit more clarity to the Victor Martinez situation, saying he’ll rejoin the Tigers lineup on Wednesday after the team’s off-day on Tuesday.

A Blast from the Past: When Channel 4 Gave Us 52 Tigers Games … and We Liked It
The Daily Fungo, Mike McClary

Looking through my old Tigers yearbooks today I found this artifact from the How Times Have Changed Museum. Here’s a look at the 1980 Tigers TV schedule – all 52 games of it.

Durability Remains a Question for Drew Smyly
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

Much of the talk from Tigers fans this spring centers around the battle for the fifth starting spot between right hander Rick Porcello and lefty Drew Smyly.

Being Phil Cokeovich
Brain Matters

Disclaimer: This post requires a departure from character. If you cannot tolerate this sort of thing please read no further.

Could Jose Valverde Return?
Motor City Bengals, Grant Stoye

Two different news sources (CBSsports and Rotoworld) piqued my curiosity today when mentioning the Tigers' closing situation and the words "Safety Net."