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Gary Sheffield couldn't leave well enough alone; he reminisced to the NY Post about last year's ALDS, and was still smarting from having to sit for Game 4:

Joe [Torre] took the fire out of me," Sheffield told The Post yesterday at ProPeak Fitness, where he spent the winter chiseling his 38-year-old body getting ready for the first season as a Tiger. He was dealt for three young arms. "I am running out on the field with the extra players. Think of what was going through my head. It takes the fight out of you. I have been through a lot. To tell me that I had to run out with the extra players, that took it to another level. I wanted to make sure I didn't lash out and affect the team, but the way we played it looked like we were affected already."

Maybe Sheffield likes playing with a chip on his shoulder, but his personality has made it difficult for him to stay in any one place. Sheffield's a Hall of Fame talent, but Detroit will be stop #7 for him. That's a lot of teams for a player of his caliber. There's an inverse relationship between a player's talent and what a team will put up with, and it's a good thing he's one of the most fearsome hitters of his generation.

Even with Keith Foulke's retirement, Fausto Carmona is still looked at as a starter. So far, so good:

"We want to keep him in the rotation, we want to keep having him develop," Wedge explained. "He's a special person with a special arm and we want to make sure we let that play out. I think that the way things fell last year, it was out of necessity, I don't think we're at that point yet in terms of him going to the bullpen.

"With the ability he has and as big a part as he's going to be of things, I think we have to really let him continue to pitch."

Tony Sipp could be one of those who could take advantage of the extra spot in the bullpen. Sipp is left-handed, but shouldn't be pidgeon-holed into a LOOGY role: he held right-handed hitters to a .190/.276/.259 line in 2006, and that includes his stint in the hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League.