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Monday Rockpile: Mediocrity or better for the Colorado Rockies in April

In yesterday's Rockpile, Rox Girl expressed her concerns over the April schedule. Troy Renck also has trepidation about April. Renck sees a tough early April for Hurdle and the Rockies, and If the...

Morning Prowl: Zumaya, Porcello, Firesales, and Rumors

A daily trip around the Detroit Tigers news cycle and blogosphere, including Joel Zumaya's progress, Rick Porcello's setback, and the question of whether or not a firesale could be in order.

Morning Prowl: Looming Cuts, Yesterday's Injuries, and Ticket Sales

A daily trip around the Detroit Tigers news cycle and blogosphere, including looming roster cuts, two potentially significant injuries, and lower season ticket sales at Comerica Park.

Is Miner Still in the Fifth Starter Race?

Could Zach Miner still be in the race for the Detroit Tigers' fifth starting pitcher? Circumstances might not give the team a choice, but how much of a concern should his mental make-up be?

Zach Gets Whacked from Rotation

Zach Miner was eliminated from consideration as the Detroit Tigers' fifth starting pitcher yesterday. That leaves the race between Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, and Rick Porcello.

Stark Views of the Fifth Starter Battle

ESPN.com's Jayson Stark talked to two scouts who had grim opinions on Dontrelle Willis and Nate Robertson. They both still have time to work it out, but is there anything left to save for the Detroit Tigers here?

This Week's Poll: Nate the Fifth Starter?

For the past couple of weeks, it appeared as if 20-year-old Rick Porcello had won a job in the Detroit Tigers' starting rotation, beating out his veteran competition.  However, after two quality...

How Dontrelle Willis Got His Leg Kick Back

In his continuing effort to salvage his career, Dontrelle Willis embraced some old habits last night while pitching against the Atlanta Braves.

Porcello Pushed Back Again

Rick Porcello's cut right finger isn't healing as quickly as the Detroit Tigers hoped, so his scheduled start for Friday will now be pushed back to Saturday. Porcello could miss more time, however, if the finger still hasn't healed.

Zach Miner: 'I'm Clearly Frustrated'

"I've been working hard. I got here two weeks early to Spring Training to start working. It's just the last few outings, things haven't been going my way. That's frustrating, because you're putting the work in and you feel good physically. Whether it's the delivery out of sync or you just don't make the pitches when you need to or balls fall in, it gets frustrating. [...] ""If I wasn't fighting for a job, despite the numbers, I would feel great about myself getting ready for the season," Miner said. "I'm throwing strikes. I'm feeling good physically. My pitches are coming around. It's one of those things where if your spot's guaranteed, nobody seems to worry about Spring Training if you don't get the results or your numbers don't look good." -- From Jason Beck's blog

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