(Eds: Updates.) Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland has a pretty good idea who his four top starters are going to be this season.
Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, of course. Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer and Doug Fister sure seem likely to make the cut, too.
That leaves one spot, but don't ask Leyland about it. He bristled when he was asked about it Wednesday.
''I've made this perfectly clear,'' Leyland said. ''I'm not going to discuss it. I'm not going to waste my time talking about it. There's no sense looking for hints because I don't know anything. I have no clue who it's going to be. It's like beating a dead horse.''
The Tigers open their spring season on Friday against Florida Southern and former second-round choice Andy Oliver will get the start, but Leyland said that means absolutely nothing. The top four starters will get the next four starts, but Leyland said whoever starts the following game doesn't mean anything, either.
''One kid has to start, so don't read anything ...