Former Tiger Rogers helps Smyly with move to first

Former Tiger Rogers helps Smyly with move to first

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Long before most Tigers players had taken the field to stretch Friday morning, Drew Smyly was on a mound on one of the back fields at Tigertown. He was working with former Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers, one of the more maniacal Spring Training instructors the Tigers have had in recent years.

Rogers is working with the left-handed pitchers in camp on their moves to hold runners at first base, manager Brad Ausmus said.

Rogers also did some work with his old teammate, right-hander Justin Verlander.

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