By DANA WAKIJI FOXSportsDetroit.com
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Kenny Rogers was not expecting to do any of his famous dives off the mound during pitchers' fielding practice on Wednesday.
But he was willing to talk to the young Tigers pitchers, especially the left-handers.
"I think that's probably one of the reasons that (special assistant to the general manager Dick) Egan kept calling a lot," Rogers said after his arrival in Tigertown. "I have no problem. It's Detroit. Anything I can help at all, obviously, I'm going to try."
Rogers, who lasted 20 seasons in the big leagues, has had a longstanding invitation to come to camp. Although most people associate him with the Texas Rangers, he has a soft spot for the Tigers and Lakeland.
"I was driving in and I had a friend with me, and I pointed to that hangar over there," Rogers said. "That was my first bullpen session when the (Rangers) scout was deciding whether he was going to sign me or not.
"This place brings back a lot of great memori...