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Detroit Tigers Links: Max Scherzer is ready for the next level & Miguel Cabrera is ready for the regular season

Victor Martinez hurt himself yesterday, Miguel Cabrera homered twice for Venezuela, and Max Scherzer could actually be as good as he was for most of last season. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


Max Scherzer could be poised for stardom
ESPN, Jayson Stark

"But Scherzer talked Sunday like a man who believes he has crossed that threshold for good now. After he found his delivery in the middle of last season, he went 11-3 with a 2.53 ERA in his last 19 starts, with 143 strikeouts in just 117 1/3 innings."

Miguel Cabrera’s two homers lead Venezuela past Mets
HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
Well, someone's ready for the regular season.

V-Mart leaves with minor back tightness
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

"Honestly, I’m not even worried about the knee anymore," Martinez said. "The biggest challenge for me was to hit left-handed. … I’m swinging the bat pretty normal, like I would during the season."

Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder will not join Team USA as injury replacement for Mark Teixeira
MLive, Chris Iott
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was added to the roster instead of Fielder. You can call it a snub if you want, but I'm perfectly happy with Prince going about business as usual.

Five questions: Detroit Tigers
The Hardball Times, Doug Wachter
Quick answers: lots of line drives, we hope so, they better, probably not, and [your prediction here].

Tigers tweak Bruce Rondon's delivery; he remains in closer mix
The Detroit News, Tony Paul
Based on the results that Jeff Jones got out of his side sessions last year, this should be a very good thing for Rondon, the Tigers, and those annoyed by the closer trade rumors.

Braves Trade Rumor: Jonny Venters... Wait, Venters?
Talking Chop
Here's the part where I get surly. Venters is a good reliever -- though his 2012 numbers were downright LOOGY-ish -- but he is nowhere near impactful enough to be the centerpiece for a trade for Nick Castellanos.

Delmon Young ‘not anxious at all’ to get on field for Philadelphia Phillies
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

"In an unnecessarily awkward interview with the Philadelphia media, Wednesday Young came off as terse, bored and passive-aggressively confrontational when asked, simply, how he was doing."