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Detroit Tigers Links: Torii Hunter doesn't mind the cold & Phil Coke is day-to-day: closer

Torii Hunter knows how to deal with cold weather, Phil Coke is listed as "day-to-day," and Jim Leyland is still trolling us all. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


Boys of summer? Tigers' Torii Hunter knows how to block out cold
The Detroit News, Tom Gage
If this story doesn't make you think of this movie scene (language NFSW), then you are on the wrong website.

Detroit Tigers' Phil Coke surprised to hear he is on online injury report: 'What's wrong with me?'
MLive, Chris Iott
Day-to-day: closer. Seems like a few more pitchers should have this diagnosis.

Jim Leyland: Closer situation 'will be fun' as Tigers gear for Opening Day
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
You can feel the cruel humor Leyland is finding by leaving the fanbase and media twisting in the wind.

Are the Detroit Tigers Looking to Scour the Waiver Wire?
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder
I thought that Casper Wells had options left. If Matt Tuiasosopo doesn't play well, I'd go for it.

2013 Shot in the Dark Predictions

"Times I audibly curse Don Kelly: 105"

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 1, Royals 0: The Chris Sale Era starts with a shutout
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

"Sale threw 7⅔ beautiful innings against a team that usually gives him a hard time, striking out seven Royals while allowing just seven singles and a walk. On a typically cold April day, all he received in support was a Tyler Flowers homer, and he made it stand up."

Opening Day Duel: White Sox 1, Royals 0
Royals Review, Craig Brown

"While the Royals loss is an Opening Day bummer, I always enjoy when the promised pitching duel actually materializes. James Shields and Chris Sale both delivered the goods on a cold Monday afternoon on the South Side of Chicago."

Tigers 4, Twins 2: Verlander leads Detroit Past Minnesota On Opening Day
Twinkie Town

"On a cold afternoon in Minneapolis, under a chill that saw Prince Fielder bundling up like a little third grader on his way to school, Justin Verlander blanked the Twins over five innings."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Rosenthal: Rangers, Andrus close on contract extension
Lone Star Ball, Adam J. Morris
That's a lot of money for someone who will supposedly be supplanted at shortstop by Jurickson Profar.

Sometimes one game speaks volumes and stuff
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
I think it's safe to say that someone is overstating the importance of an Opening Night win.

In praise of Vin Scully
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
Anything praising Vin Scully deserves linkage on this blog.

Worst Opening Day starting pitchers
Let's Go Tribe, Jason Lukehart
I definitely wasn't surprised to see a couple of Tigers on this list.