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Detroit Tigers Links: Choosing the opening day starter & Alan Trammell is being too nice

National writers debate who the Tigers will choose as their opening day starter, Craig Calcaterra insists that Alan Trammell be outraged about Ian Kinsler wearing his number, and comparing the 2013 and 2014 Tigers' rotations.

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Tigers links:

3 bold predictions: Justin Verlander, not Max Scherzer, will be named Tigers' opening day starter, James Schmehl

If you're under the impression that a prediction suggesting Justin Verlander will start Game 1 of the regular season isn't exactly a bold prediction, well, I happen to agree.

Tigers' Brad Ausmus will deploy defensive coordinator in variety of roles
The Detroit News, Tom Gage

This is Matt Martin's second time around in the Tigers' organization. From 1998-2003, he held a variety of jobs, from minor-league manager to Double A hitting coach.

Alan Trammell: you’re not helping
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Alan, dude. You're my childhood idol. I wore number 3 when I played little league and Babe Ruth baseball because I adored you.

Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander all in the running to start Opening Day for
Detroit Tigers Detroit Free Press, John Lowe

'It could be a tough decision,' Ausmus said. 'You really have three legitimate Opening Day-type pitchers on the roster."

Comparing the 2013 and 2014 Tigers' rotations
Motor City Bengals, Sam O'Toole

The current starting five have all been in the news while at Spring Training, and the Tigers feel optimistic about how they will fare in 2014.

Tigers Spring Training TV schedule is set
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

MLB Network announced its slate of Spring Training broadcasts Thursday, both live games and re-airs.

Elsewhere in baseball:

The Lineup Card: Eight Players We Expect to Decline in 2014
Baseball Prospectus

The staff believes these players will struggle to repeat their 2013 campaigns.

Bo Porter chews out Astros players for disrespecting Roger Clemens
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

To some, the job of an MLB manager is as simple as filling out a lineup card and managing a bullpen.

Braun will be one of best players in game
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Ryan Braun has served his punishment. He's spoken to his teammates. He's apologized, maybe not with the words we wanted and details of drugs ingested or injected, but he has apologized.

Tigers tweets:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes! Also thanks to the fans here for singing happy b-day this morning. Great start to the day!</p>&mdash; Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) <a href="">February 21, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I&#39;m challenging a 3rd grader on bedtime this spring training. I don&#39;t think I&#39;ve made it past 10pm so far! <a href=";src=hash">#sleepyhead</a> <a href=";src=hash">#workhardsleephard</a></p>&mdash; Drew Smyly (@SmylyD) <a href="">February 21, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Avila suggests (jokes?) there may have been a pool going for who could hit Verlander&#39;s Ferrari in batting practice.</p>&mdash; Jason Beck (@beckjason) <a href="">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>
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