: Austin Jackson has been hammering the ball. Bullets to shortstop. Deep fly balls to the warning track. Drives up the gap.

Minus: Jackson is hitting .182. It's the most absurd .182 in modern Grapefruit League history. Almost every at-bat he rakes a pitch that somehow finds leather. Statistics and probability experts would offer an analytical term for Jackson's spring: weird.

Plus: Bruce Rondon had a decent outing Monday — two soft hits, a strikeout, a double-play grounder, no walks, good mix on his pitches.

Minus: A team's in trouble when, with a sense of relief, it cheers strikes and pitch variety from a guy who is supposed to close out ninth innings beginning in 20 days. More and more, it looks as if Rondon — if he goes north — could end up as a back-end guy who is gently moved into the closer's slot. The Tigers are asking a 22-year-old kid to take giant strides in a short time.

Plus: Miguel Cabrera, Omar Infante, and Anibal Sanchez are expected back in camp today after their sojourn in the World Baseball Classic.

Minus: None — for the Tigers. The Venezuela team got its tail kicked. But the WBC is about as popular with managers and front offices as day-night doubleheaders. Or, perhaps that was detected when the Tigers refused to let Sanchez pitch for his countrymen on short rest.

Plus: The Tigers have too many outfielders.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130312/OPINION03/303120327#ixzz2NKfwiiPB