Some notes today from the skipper's office prior to today's spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Brennan Boesch felt a little bit better and was going to hit on the field during batting practice today, but the Tigers decided against it because of the cold, windy weather in Lakeland..Boesch is still recovering from an oblique injury...Quintin Berry will possibly be back tomorrow as he looks to bounce back from some knee inflammation..Leyland has been impressed with Drew Smyly who is making a bid to join the rotation in the fifth spot.  Leyland feels that Smyly's changeup is better this year and he looks more settled. Last season Smyly was trying to win a job, but this year he has a confidence about him..  "He knows how good the hitters are and that he can get them out," said Leyland.  "He has a good feel for hitters for a young guy."  As for the WBC, Leyland has not said much to the participants from the Tigers club.  He did tell them to enjoy the experience, but also to be mindful of their work habits and continue to prepared for the start of the regular season.

Later tonight look for my podcast to be posted.  I'll talk with Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon to get his thoughts on what can be expected from this year's Tigers offense.
 


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