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Detroit Tigers Links: 5 storylines to ignore at spring training & Comerica Park gets a makeover

Chris Iott wants you to know about five storylines that you should ignore (wait, what?) at spring training, Comerica Park is getting a $4 million makeover this winter, and the Boston Globe ranks all 30 major league managers. Also, happy Presidents Day. If you have the day off, congratulations and I hate you.

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Tigers links:

Pitchers welcome challenge of Ausmus' ragball drill, Jason Beck

The drill sounds like target practice: A coach hitting choppers and grounders right at a pitcher standing maybe 30 feet away. To Tigers pitchers, however, it sounds like fun.

Clever, but cautious: Sounds like Tigers' Brad Ausmus is playing it safe
The Detroit News, Tom Gage

He's going to be extremely careful with what he says, making sure that nothing - not even the number of pitchers he plans to keep - becomes a premature news item.

Comerica Park Getting A Four Million Dollar Makeover, Chris Poturalski

According to the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park will undergo a $4 million, makeover of the right-field Pepsi Porch before opening

5 storylines Detroit Tigers fans should ignore entirely during spring training, Chris Iott

Will Rick Porcello step up? Will Miguel Cabrera adjust well to first base? Will the Tigers sign a free agent at the last second? Really, there's nothing to see here.

Happy HOT TAKEZ Anniversary!

You know baseball is officially back when we have Rogo posts. So, enjoy.

Ian Kinsler is in The Best Shape of His Life
HardballTalk, Drew Silva

This was inevitable.

Detroit Tigers spring training: Less weight, less burden for Bruce Rondon in 2014
Detroit Free Press, George Sipple

'I'm more calm coming in, but not still fully confident,' Rondon said about starting his second spring training with the Tigers. 'I know I have to work hard to earn a spot on the team.'

How Many Runs Will the Tigers Pitching Staff Allow in 2014
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

The Tigers allowed 624 runs in 2013, the second lowest total in the American League, despite having one of the most porous defensive teams in the league.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Mark Mulder’s comeback attempt ends with ruptured Achilles’ tendon
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

Mark Mulder's comeback attempt after a five-year absence from baseball was poised to be one of spring training's most intriguing and closely followed stories.

Annual baseball manager rankings
The Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo

We discussed the attributes of all 30 major league managers with a number of baseball people, including managers, coaches, scouts, players, and front office executives, to formulate our rankings (first-time managers automatically appear at the bottom).

Is baseball a dangerous game?, David Coleman

Why aren't baseball players afraid despite the obvious danger?

When Should Managers Challenge?
The Hardball Times, Jesse Wolfersberger

So, should a manager challenge a one-on, one-out play in the first inning? According to my analysis, the likely answer is "yes."

Tigers tweets:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="">@IKinsler3</a> and <a href="">@JoseIglesias_SS</a> have arrived in Lakeland! Full squad reports tomorrow. <a href=";src=hash">#BaseballIsBack</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Detroit Tigers (@tigers) <a href="">February 16, 2014</a></blockquote>
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What is this snow you speak of, Mario?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Seriously. Stop with the snow.</p>&mdash; Mario Impemba (@mario_impemba) <a href="">February 16, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Other than no smoking, not many Ausmus rules. On Dirks&#39; long hair: &quot;If he plays well, he can grow it to his feet as far as I&#39;m concerned.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jason Beck (@beckjason) <a href="">February 15, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>