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• Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones said he was encouraged by Jose Valverde's session against hitters in Sunday's scrimmage. Valverde, who has thrown fewer and fewer splitters as part of his arsenal since 2010, threw some good ones, Jones said, while implementing the mechanical tweaks they wanted.

"I think he's more confident," Jones said.

• With no umpires for the scrimmages Sunday and Monday, players were left to call safe or out, and ball/strike calls were up to the catcher. Asked if anyone complained, Alex Avila said, "No, my strike zone's spot-on."

• Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones said he was encouraged by Jose Valverde's session against hitters in Sunday's scrimmage. Valverde, who has thrown fewer and fewer splitters as part of his arsenal since 2010, threw some good ones, Jones said, while implementing the mechanical tweaks they wanted.

"I think he's more confident," Jones said.

• With no umpires for the scrimmages Sunday and Monday, players were left to call safe or out, and ball/strike calls were up to the catcher. Asked if anyone complained, Alex Avila said, "No, my strike zone's spot-on."