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Detroit Tigers Links: The difference between Jim Leyland and Brad Ausmus & Nate Robertson is back ... kind of

Justin Verlander explains the differences between Jim Leyland and Brad Ausmus; Nate Robertson is back and Rogo is thrilled; and David Schoenfield predicts the MVP, Cy Young, and HR leaders.

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Tigers links:

Lower velocity this time of year doesn't worry Tigers closer Joe Nathan
The Detroit News, Tony Paul

More and more, spring-training facilities are catering to the fans and installing the ever-popular radar guns for exhibition games. That's not exactly to Joe Nathan's liking.

Detroit Tigers issue first challenge using replay, add new sign after communication breakdown, Chris Iott

The Tigers challenged a play in the sixth inning after Joe Nathan nearly picked off Adeiny Hechavarria. The call that the runner was safe was upheld.

Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander breaks down difference between Jim Leyland, Brad Ausmus
Detroit Free Press, Steve Schrader

'The biggest difference is, I guess (Leyland's) a little old school, Brad's a little new school,' Verlander said. 'What that means, I really don't even know, to be honest with you, that's just what people say.'

Tigers sign Nate Robertson to minor-league contract
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

The last time Nate Robertson was in Tigers camp, he was on the verge of being traded to the Marlins.

30 Tigers in 30 Days: #21 – Bruce Rondon
Walkoff Woodward, Grey Papke

Bruce Rondon’s arm is undeniable. He can throw 100 and he’s been tabbed as a future closer.

The WInter of Comerica's Discontent
Old English D

Comerica is a shambles. The field, while scraped of snow, looks like the frozen Siberian tundra.

Dave Dombrowski Hates Me

This isn't fair.

Elsewhere in baseball:

MVP, Cy Young, HR leader odds
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

I'll do a post closer to the start of the season on awards prediction, but here are the early odds for MVP, Cy Young and the MLB home run leader, courtesy of

Wanna live in a ballpark?
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

The Toronto Blue Jays' single-A affiliate, the Lansing Lugnuts,want to add 100 residential units just beyond the outfield wall as part of a stadium renovation: By 2016, people might be living at Lansing’s minor league ballpark.

Tigers tweets:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Great catching up with <a href="">@RyanFieldFS1</a> and <a href="">@CMo_27</a> before today&#39;s broadcast in Lakeland. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Mario Impemba (@mario_impemba) <a href="">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jose Iglesias about to lift weights in Lu Lu Lemon. <a href=";src=hash">#5lbweights</a> <a href=";src=hash">#not50lbweights</a> <a href=";src=hash">#jazzercise</a>… <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) <a href="">March 12, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rain cancelled golf. Guess what that means... House of Cards marathon!</p>&mdash; Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) <a href="">March 12, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Behind the scenes of <a href="">@majesticonfield</a> shoot today. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) <a href="">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>
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