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Detroit Tigers Links: Tigers have excellent starting pitching & Don Kelly is being overused

The Tigers have gotten some excellent starting pitching to begin the year (duh), Don Kelly is probably being overused, and the Philadelphia Phillies signed Carlos Zambrano. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


Starters prove to be an asset for heavy-hitting Tigers
The Detroit News, Rod Beard
The starters have 19 of the Tigers' 22 wins so far, but only nine of their 16 losses.

Oh Donnie Boy
Ryan Callery
I don't mind Don Kelly being on the team (it's a toss up between him and Quintin Berry that nobody really wins), but Jim Leyland's overuse of him is becoming very frustrating.

Astros' Lucas Harrell critical of use of shift vs. Tigers
Detroit Free Press, George Sipple
Somehow, manager Bo Porter refrained from just telling Harrell to pitch better.

Around the AL Central:

MLB Final Score: Cleveland Indians 10, Philadelphia Phillies 4
Let's Go Tribe
Looks like they took Kurt's "Twitter recap" idea seriously at Let's Go Tribe.

All Sabermetric Questions Answered Post
Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
This is a nice resource for those who are unfamiliar with some of the stats used around the blogosphere.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

The Texas Rangers are succeeding in unexpected ways
SportsonEarth, Jonathan Bernhardt
I'll be honest, I'm worried about the upcoming series. The Rangers are really good and the Tigers haven't been very good on the road.

Johnny Cueto will rejoin the Reds’ rotation Monday
HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Cueto made a start against the West Michigan Whitecaps. You can imagine how well it went for them. Devon Travis, the darling of our prospect team, got a hit off Cueto.

Philadelphia Phillies sign Carlos Zambrano to minor league deal
See? Things could be much worse.

Eight scouting reports that really nailed it
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
More fun with old scouting reports!