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The Detroit Tigers: Get Ready for the Trash Fire!


This has absolutely nothing to do with the Tigers’ competitive prospects for 2017. I think they’ll be OK, actually. At least a wild card contender and, if things break right as far as health and all of that, they could easily challenge the Indians for the division. Baseball is hard to predict sometimes and, even if they missed the playoffs in 2016, you never want to bet too much against a team with one of the best hitters in history on the roster.

No, I’m just referring to the aesthetic of their player photos this year. Or video. It’s hard to tell what this little studio is being set up for. Could be for the player intros on the big screen at the ballpark or a media guide. Whatever the case, they seem to be sending a message:

Let’s see . . . industrial hellscape . . . a big box that could easily be a dumpster . . . a tire . . . a fire. I don’t know what the director is going for here, but it all evokes something less than calm competence or a situation that is under control. One might even say that This is Fine.

As far as accuracy goes it certainly evokes the Tigers bullpen in recent years, but again, that may not be something the organization wants to communicate.

Anyway, good luck fighting the C.H.U.D.s or surviving the industrial dystopia or whatever is going on here, Tigers.


Danny Duffy exits spring training game with left shoulder tightness

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Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.

The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.

The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.