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Tigers rotation spot too close to call for Leyland

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08:13 AM ET 03.13 | After Drew Smyly made his own case not to be bumped from the Tigers rotation, Jim Leyland turned the tables on reporters. "Who would you start?" Leyland asked a media member. There was a pause. "Did I stutter?" Leyland asked. "Who would you start?" Leyland paused again. "I'm being funny," he said, "but that's the problem. You don't know. Neither do I. That's why I asked you the question. It's not that easy. It's not that easy for me either." Smyly and Rick Porcello certainly have not made it easy on Leyland, general manager Dave Dombrowski and the rest of those who will have input in the eventual decision on the matter. ... "Competition makes everybody better," Smyly said. "It makes you work harder. It makes you focus harder."

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March 13, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Jimmy stole Barry Bonds' line!
Although Barry used to say, "Did I effing stutter?!?!"

March 13, 2013  09:36 AM ET

A nice problem to have.

March 13, 2013  10:19 AM ET

As a laps Catholic,Leyland can't decide which one, so he has sworn to secrecy, locked himself in his office and when a decision is made, thick Marlboro Red smoke will exit the chimney in Lakeland's clubhouse.

March 13, 2013  01:32 PM ET

To bad that he does not make the one that will not start his closer.

March 13, 2013  02:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

To bad that he does not make the one that will not start his closer.

Why is that? Trust me, if that was a valid option, you'd be hearing a lot more about it.

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