Baseball Newsstand: Opening Day 2013

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Feb. 15, 2013

With the first pitch of Opening Day 2013 just hours away, here is a collection of stories written in the last two days leading up to first pitch.

Tomscha And Tigers Ready For Season
by Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason), AUTigers.com
Looking to improve its 31-28 record last season and get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010, the Auburn Tigers get the 2013 season started this weekend with a four-game series against the Maine Black Bears at Plainsman Park.

Depending on key returners both in the field and on the mound, Coach John Pawlowski's club is hoping to get off to a strong start this season to get ready for what should be a particularly tough SEC schedule.

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Koger ready to take reins as No. 1 starter
by Ryan Wood (@AUBlog), OA News

It's not that Daniel Koger is abandoning the pitch he used to become an instant success on the Plains last season.

Auburn's sophomore southpaw still plans to fling his fastball, a weapon that led him to a 3.19 ERA in a team-high 15 starts as a freshman. Koger just wants to change things up, in a literal sense as well as figuratively.

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Baseball Tigers open season
by Bryan Matthews (@BMatt247), AuburnUnderCover.com
Auburn has been one of the SEC's top hitting teams during the John Pawlowski era. But the Tigers have been inconsistent on the mound over those four seasons, which has kept them from advancing far into the postseason.

 

 

Sophomore Daniel Koger, who will be Auburn's opening day starter against Maine Friday, is confident this year's pitching staff will be much improved.

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Season Preview
by Jay Tate (@JayGTate), AuburnSports.com
John Pawlowski knows all about the expectations being placed upon his team this season.

Or, more accurately, the lack of expectations.

The Tigers finished 31-28 last season, which included a 13-17 mark in Southeastern Conference play, despite leading the league in batting average and finishing third in runs scored. Pitching was an issue - and now starters Derek Varnadore and Jon Luke Jacobs are gone forever.

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It's Opening Day, and Daniel Koger and Auburn hope it's the start of big things
by Charles Goldberg (@AUGoldMine), AL.com
Daniel Koger is Auburn's No. 1 starting pitcher, and he says he won't go it alone in a season that starts today.

"I think it is a very powerful pitching group," he says. "Not just the starters... our bullpen is absolutely loaded this year. It's as strong as any bullpen as I've ever seen in college, so I think the pitching is going to be a lot better than most people expect. I think people have a question mark on the pitching, but I think it is going to be one of the stronger parts of our team."

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