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Detroit Tigers Links: Tigers' future roster problems & Phil Coke's poor start

The Tigers have to figure out what they are going to do with several players in the next couple years, Phil Coke can't get righties out, and Ramon Santiago is rusty. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Extend? Trade? Tigers facing key decisions in next two seasons
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

"Only in the cases of Scherzer and Jackson is the picture becoming clear. And that's only because Scherzer and Jackson are represented by agent Scott Boras, who never met an impending free-agent bidding war he didn't like. It is nearly certain Boras will take his Tigers blue-chippers to the open market — if Scherzer and Jackson remain healthy. It is Boras' track record. It is his business philosophy."

Setting the record straight
Tony Paul

Our friend from the Detroit News wrote a cover story featuring Miguel Cabrera for American Airlines' in-flight magazine. Skip to page 46 to get right to the story.

Tigers' Jim Leyland baffled by Phil Coke's rough stats vs. righties
Detroit Free Press, George Sipple

"Right-handed batters have hit .301 off Coke over his career, including .396 last season. Left-handed hitters have hit .232 against him."

Ramon Santiago still trying to shake off rust as Detroit Tigers' season ramps up
MLive, James Schmehl

"Leyland didn't label the back-to-back starts as a test, per se, but he admitted he wanted to see 'what (Santiago) has got.' He responded by going 1-for-4 with a bloop single in his final at-bat Sunday."

Detroit Tigers Bullpen Has Best FIP in American League
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder
Caveat: elevated BABIP due to maximum suckage (yes, that's a verb) will cause FIP to go down.

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays

"The Tigers took two out of three from the Evil Empire of New YAWK and now sit at 3-3 on the young season. Am I the only one to notice that the team hasn’t won a game (OR EVEN SCORED A RUN) since Alex Avila’s daughter was born? (PANIC!)"

Around the AL Central:

Terry Francona gets lost walking to Cleveland Indians home opener

"Cleveland is officially the nicest people I've ever met. Everybody I did walk by said, 'Hello.' That's a little different than I'm used to."

MLB Final Score: Yankees 11, Indians 6
Let's Go Tribe

"The game sucked, too. Ubaldo Jimenez tried to hit corners but couldn't while Kuroda was able to hold things together after a rough start."

Royals wait, beat Twins 3-1
Royals Review, Craig Brown

"Then, a Lorenzo Cain double, a Chris Getz bunt and an Alex Gordon single tied the game. An Alcides Escobar double broke the deadlock and chased Twins starter Kevin Correia. Our man Billy Butler added insurance with a single. Ballgame. Just like that."

Fast Reaction: Royals 3, Twins 1
Twinkie Town
Apparently Kevin Correia is actually pitching well.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

The rise and fall of strikeout-to-walk ratios
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
Remember how everyone was worried about Austin Jackson's strikeout rate? Seems like he's doing just fine too.