February 6th, 2012

Tigers bring back Brent Dlugach on minor-league deal

Before the Tigers had Danny Worth as their defensive-minded middle infield prospect, they had Brent Dlugach, the former University of Memphis shortstop who spent September of 2009 with the Tigers as a late-inning replacement at shortstop. Detroit traded him to the Red Sox last offseason to create space on the 40-man roster.

Two offseasons later, they have him again. The Tigers have re-signed Dlugach to a minor-league contract, adding infield depth to the organization at the upper levels.

Dlugach announced his return to the Tigers last Friday on Twitter. The Tigers confirmed the deal on Monday.

Dlugach had an injury-shortened season last year at Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .222 with eight doubles, six home runs and 25 RBIs in 63 games. His best year as a pro came in that aforementioned 2009 campaign, when he hit .294 at Triple-A Toledo with 36 doubles, four triples, nine homers, 59 RBIs and a .795 OPS. He’ll turn 29 next month.

Verlander called it: Giants win Super Bowl, 21-17

You probably heard by now, but even with Spring Training two weeks away, Justin Verlander is still winning. He was celebrating on Twitter last night over his prognostication that the Giants would post a 21-17 win over the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

His pick was part of the Scripps Howard Celebrity Super Bowl Poll. The news service asks a selection of pro athletes, entertainers, politicians and other celebrities for their predictions. The one who picks the winning team and comes closest to the final score apparently is honored with the Super Sage Award.

Plenty of people picked the Giants, but Verlander was the only one with a 21-17 final. NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and actor Adam West had 21-17 finals, but with the Patriots winning. Nobody had the Giants with a 23-17 win, so even if New York had pulled off the two-point conversion when they scored the go-ahead touchdown, Verlander would’ve come closest.

Past winners include Penn and Teller, Arnold Palmer, Pat Robertson, Dennis Farina, Joe Mantegna, and the defending champion, the San Diego Chicken.

No idea if that will sit alongside the MVP and Cy Young awards, or even the GIBBY award he won, but he’s pretty proud of it.