• Verlander will throw 45-50 pitches on Monday morning in his first session against live hitters this spring, and he'll do it on the hill at Joker Marchant Stadium. He'll be the only Tigers pitcher throwing a mound session on Monday during a shortened morning workout, to allow players and coaches to take part in a charity golf outing that afternoon.
• Tigers first base prospect and Canadian Jordan Lennerton was quietly reveling in his home country's Olympic gold medal victory in men's hockey on Sunday. Lennerton never played ice hockey growing up in British Columbia, having caught baseball fever at the age of five, but he played a lot of street hockey.
"It's kind of our stereotype," Lennerton said. "We have to hold our own in hockey and curling."
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