Tigers interested in Boston's Mike Lowell

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Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that the Tigers have begun making a push for Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell.

The Tigers lost starting third baseman Brandon Inge to a fractured left hand on Tuesday and Magglio Ordonez to a fractured ankle on Saturday night.  Lowell, despite his fair share of injury concerns, will bring some much-needed pop to the Detroit lineup.  The 36-year-old hit .290/.337/.474 with 17 home runs last season and has collected two home runs in limited action this year.

Detroit is trying to keep pace with the White Sox and Twins in the American League Central.  As of Sunday morning, Chicago has a 2.5 game lead and the Twins are a half-game up on the Tigers.

For now, Lowell remains on the disabled list.  He will need to be activated before a deal can be struck, but the Red Sox were probably close to bringing him back anyway.  After all, he went 4-for-4 with two RBI in a rehab game Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket.  Sunday may be his last day in the minor leagues.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: