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Today we have a "special treat," a guest post from the one and only MLiveCommenter. Let's check out his not so unique take on the Tigers. *Note: The following hot sports take was sent in by @MliveCommenter. This is in no way a reflection of the staff at BlessYouBoys; the fine, hardworking writers at MLive, or anyone else with a brain. We were going to edit it, but that seemed like too much work. -- Editors The Tigers are probably gonna suck more then last year. That's probably a suprise to y

2014 Team Preview: What should we make of the Arizona Diamondback...

The Diamondbacks are a hard team to pinpoint, but it would not be surprising to see them in the playoff hunt in 2014. If a tie is like kissing your sister, then how do you explain a .500 season? The Arizona Diamondbacks were a symmetrical 81-81 last year, but finished second in a weak NL West division. They spent most of June and July in first place, but were eventually passed by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won the West by 11 games. This season, the Diamondbacks return largely the same roster,

4 early surprises: Detroit Tigers' aggressiveness on bases paying...

The Tigers are nine games into spring and Brad Ausmus still seems reluctant to evaluate player performances. But here are four surprises he should take into consideration.

Sports medicine pioneer Frank Jobe dies at 88

Los Angeles Dr. Frank Jobe, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who was the first to perform an elbow procedure that became known as Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of countless major league pitchers, died Thursday. He was 88.

Better know a Tiger: Joba Chamberlain

Tigers hope Joba Chamberlain can fill a critical set up role in the bullpen. Joaquin Benoit has departed for San Diego. Drew Smyly has been moved to the rotation to replace Doug Fister. The Tigers declined the option on former closer Jose Veras, and veteran Octavio Dotel's departure came sooner than he, or the Tigers cared to see at the start of the 2013 season. That's four relief pitchers- filling the three most critical roles at the back end of the Tiger bullpen, all gone. Replacing Benoi

Detroit Tigers Links: Justin Verlander pitched well in first...

Justin Verlander pitched well in his first "start" of spring training, more potential solutions for the problems surrounding Andy Dirks, and your guide to being a good Tigers fan in 2014. Tigers links: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus turned down Princeton - and Harvard The Detroit News, Tom Gage As the discussion in his Thursday morning media session turned to the circumstances of him signing his first contract, I asked, 'If you hadn't gone to Dartmouth, where would you have gone?' Healthy Tige

Tigers' Ausmus will face Yankees, who drafted him

When Brad Ausmus manages against the Yankees - as he will tonight in Tampa - he's facing the team that drafted him out of high school.

Arm fatigue sidelines Phillies' Cole Hamels; Prince Fielder stays...

Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels won't throw off a mound for at least another week after feeling fatigue from his latest throwing session. The Phillies' Opening Day starter in 2013, Hamels entered spring training behind schedule following biceps tendinitis in November.

Verlander's start, Tigers rained out

If, beginning today, Verlander pitches every fifth day the rest of spring training, he'll make four exhibition starts. And he'll be set up to start on Opening Day, March 31. Between now and then, he must show manager Brad Ausmus that he's fully recovered and that he has the stamina to start the opener.

Justin Verlander works to straighten out mechanics on side after...

Verlander doesn't feel any physical aftereffects from the surgery. He said he is merely trying to work his mechanics back into shape after the struggles he had last season.

Tigers-Phillies rained out; Justin Verlander to throw indoors...

Verlander's first start of the Grapefruit League season shifted from Marchant Stadium to an indoor batting cage Thursday after the Tigers-Phillies game was canceled because of rain.

Could Tigers trade with White Sox again to replace Andy Dirks?...

With Andy Dirks out for two months, internal options unappealing, and free agent options just as bad, the Tigers may look at Chicago's DeAza or Viciedo as a replacement player. We've scoured the Tiger organization and the free agent market to find an outfielder who could platoon with Rajai Davis in left field, now that Andy Dirks is out for twelve weeks due to back surgery. The internal options aren't pretty and the free agents remaining on the market aren't much better. When I wrote about

Twitter Talk: How serious is Jose Iglesias injury? Dark horse...

Trevor Crowe and Ezequiel Carrera were "dark horse" candidates to make the team prior to the start of spring training. But they have a much better chance now that Andy Dirks is injured.

Spring Training Gamethread: Tigers vs. Phillies, 1:05 p.m.

No media for this game against a Phillies split squad, but chat away and make up plays and such. Tigers scheduled pitchers: Verlander is starting. Tigers lineup: Davis, Hunter, M. Cabrera, V. Martinez, Kinsler, Avila, Jackson, Lombardozzi, Worth Phillies lineup: Revere CF Rollins SS Abreu RF Ruf 1B Franco DH Asche 3B Gwynn LF Hernandez 2B Nieves C, Buchanan P

Live updates: Detroit Tigers vs. split-squad Philadelphia Phillies...

Justin Verlander is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start today. If the game is rained out, he will throw in the cages, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday.

Andy Dirks injury: Tigers LF out 3 months, who will fill his...

The Detroit Tigers will miss one of its platoon players for an extended period, so who'll earn some playing time out of spring camp? DETROIT--Promptly following a 5-2 home loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said that left fielder Andy Dirks will be out for 12 weeks to undergo back surgery. The sudden announcement puts the Tigers short a crucial left-handed hitter, desperately needed in a team that already has too few lefties. The loss of Di

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus turned down Princeton and Harvard...

As the discussion in his Thursday morning media session turned to the circumstances of him signing his first contract, I asked, 'If you hadn't gone to Dartmouth, where would you have gone?'

Tigers' Dirks: 'It could be a lot worse'

Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks was upbeat and resilient today as he spoke about the pending back surgery that will sideline him at least three months.

Jose Iglesias, Detroit Tigers hopeful that orthotics adjustment...

Iglesias ran Wednesday for the first time since being knocked out of action last week due to shin splints and said new orthotics made a "big difference" right away.

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Justin Verlander's first spring start...

Brad Ausmus said Wednesday he didn't expect today's game to be played. Based on the weather forecast, he's probably right. It doesn't look good. Showers and thunderstorms are expected through mid-afternoon.

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