Tigers set to pick up pace in defensive drills

Tigers set to pick up pace in defensive drills

Tigers set to pick up pace in defensive drills
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Manager Jim Leyland said on Monday that the Tigers' defensive drills will be accelerated starting Tuesday. "You have to speed it up to make it more game-like," Leyland said.

When he and the coaches are hitting fungo ground balls, they will hit them harder. "We need double plays," Leyland said. "It doesn't make any sense to do slowly. It won't be that way in games."

The accelerated drills are new to the Tigers this year and, Leyland said, not related to the personnel changes on the infield. He intends to speed up rundown drills late in camp, using Minor League players, and pitchers' fielding practice as well.