Jon Paul Morosi

Clevlen Gets Closer

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Brent Clevlen was 22 when he made his major league debut in the midst of the 2006 pennant race. He doubled in his first big league at-bat off Johan Santana and homered twice in his next game at Tampa Bay. As memorable as his first impression may have been, Clevlen's momentum stalled last year. He batted .220 at Triple-A Toledo and didn't make it to Detroit until September.

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Getting Closer

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In mid-May, the Tigers made their first trip to Arizona since 2005. If Eddie Bonine was to have a storybook big league debut, it would have happened right then. Bonine attended Mountain Ridge High in Glendale, Ariz., and still lives in the area during the offseason. The righthander had pitched well enough to earn a big league summons, with a 3.09 ERA and wins in his first eight starts at Triple-A Toledo. But there was no room in Detroit's rotation. His moment had to wait.

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Worthwhile Opportunities

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The Tigers invited two of their 2007 draft picks to big league camp this spring. One was Rick Porcello, the prized pitching prospect who signed a $7 million major league contract as a first-round pick. The other was Danny Worth, whose steady play at shortstop has enabled him to rise quickly through Detroit's farm system.

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Count On Clete

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At first, outfielder Clete Thomas was expected to start the season at Triple-A Toledo. Then an injury to center fielder Curtis Granderson at the end of spring training opened the competition for Detroit's final roster spot—which Thomas won. Ultimately, his role became even greater than anticipated.

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