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03/29/2013 01:53 pm ET Updated Mar 29, 2013

Detroit Tigers Players Meet Bengal Tiger Cub Rocky Before Game Against Tampa Bay Rays (PHOTOS)

It's been an exciting day for the Detroit Tigers, Tigers fans and one tiger of the four-legged variety.

Not only did the team sign pitcher Justin Verlander for five more years, but the team got to meet Rocky, an adorable Bengal cub from the Dade City Wild Things Zoo.

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AP Photo by Carlos Osorio

Here's four-week-old Rocky with relief pitcher Phil Coke, who looks eerily similar to his animal pal:

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AP Photo by Carlos Osorio

We also "awwwed" when we saw a photo of Anibal Sanchez holding Rocky on Twitter:

And last but not least, manager Jim Leyland having a staring contest with the cub. We're guessing Rocky melted his heart, at least a little.

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AP Photo by Carlos Osorio

That's almost enough excitement to tide us over until Opening Day ... but we're still counting down until April 5.

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