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Willis To Be Detroit's No. 3 Starter

Dontrelle Willis will be the No. 3 starter for the Tigers this season.

He struggled on Tuesday against the Orioles, but his spot was solidified when Detroit traded left-hander Nate Robertson to the Marlins earlier in the day.

"I thought he was very good today. I don't think that was anything like we've seen in the past," manager Jim Leyland said. "He was missing down, he was missing close."

"I was actually very pleased with it. I was very encouraged," he said.

Willis has won only one game over two seasons while battling injuries, inconsistency and an anxiety disorder.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Tigers Trade Nate Robertson To Marlins

The Tigers have traded pitcher Nate Robertson to the Marlins.

Florida will send a minor leaguer to Detroit for the left-hander.

Robertson is owed $10 million this season on the final year of his contract.

FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Tigers will pay $9.6 million of the salary.

Via Detroit Free-Press

Fien Back With Tigers After Waiver Carousel

The Tigers announced Saturday morning that they've re-signed Casey Fien to a minor-league contract, three weeks and two teams after they designated him for assignment to make room for Johnny Damon on the roster.

Boston claimed him on March 1, but no sooner did Fien report to their big league camp than the Red Sox tried to get him through waivers. The Blue Jays then claimed him March 4, and Fien headed back up I-75 to report to camp with them. Then Toronto released him on Thursday.

Via MLB.com

Dontrelle Looking Improved, In Contention For Starting Spot

Dontrelle Willis is still in the running for a starting spot in the Detroit rotation, as he threw three more scoreless innings Thursday in a 5-4 victory over the Astros.

Willis has allowed just one run this spring in 10 innings.

"He's throwing it over the plate, they're putting it in play, which gives you a chance," manager Jim Leyland said.

Willis has been effective by changing speeds and throwing more strikes than he's thrown in the past for the Tigers. He's not blown hitters away as much as he's kept them guessing.

"I'm not as young as I used to be," he said. "But I'm having fun. They like the way I'm mixing speeds. I feel I have good command of a lot of things going on right now."

When asked if he's reinvented himself as a pitcher, Willis said, "I don't know if I want to give my secrets out because the other guys read newspapers.

"I just want to change speeds and throw strikes. Early contact is in my favor. Even when I won a lot of games, I'd sometimes throw an 84-mile-an-hour fastball to get a hitter out in front and hit a ground ball. I'm smarter than I look.

"I'm not trying to strike everybody out. I'm just trying to get quality outs. I'm all for guys lining out 27 times."

Via Detroit News

Damon Homers Against Yankees

Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon had a home run and two RBIs on Saturday against the Yankees.

Detroit beat New York 6-2 in a matchup of split squads.

Via Yahoo! Sports

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