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The debate over Miguel Cabrera's MVP worthiness continues, Max Scherzer could pitch Wednesday if needed, and a look back at what we learned about baseball this season. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
AL Central Standings
Mike Trout sure is a super rookie, but Miguel Cabrera is the MVP
The Detroit News, Jerry Green
"ESPN claims that Trout merits the MVP award - despite Cabrera's possible Triple Crown - on the basis of WAR. This is not the kind of war that Ted Williams fought in twice amidst his Triple Crown-style seasons."
Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander on Miguel Cabrera being MVP: 'Where would we be without him?'
MLive.com, Chris Iott
Verlander: "At this point, I think his case is made. I mean, we've got four games left and he's leading the league in Triple Crown categories."
Yaz, Cabrera and the Triple Crown
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
"My earliest memories of baseball are from the summer of 1967 when I was a four-year old boy growing up on Puffer Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. I was not a Tigers fan at the time or even a baseball fan yet, but I was slowly figuring out that baseball was about the most important thing in the universe."
Equating Triple Crown With MVP Is Ridiculous
Motor City Bengals, Matthew Snyder
But, I mean, is THAT ridiculous? Honestly?
Jeff Seidel: Tigers can't blow this now, right?
Detroit Free Press, Jeff Seidel
Is that a trick question?
Around the AL Central:
Tigers 2, Twins 1: Fielder's 8th Inning Homer Ruins Great Start From Hendriks
"Liam Hendriks' great day was ruined late, but Joe Mauer closes the gap between himself and current leader in AL batting Miguel Cabrera."
Game 159: Indians 15, Royals 3
Let's Go Tribe
"These wins are coming way too late to make any difference in the 2012, but at least they're making watching the games fun"
Luke Oplakia Hochevar A Hero in Royals' 15 - 3 Loss
"If this is Luke Oplakia Hochevar's last start as a Royals, he went down a hero--his performance harkening back to a time in which the good of the whole was more important than that of the individual. Bravo, Luke Oplakia. Bravo."
Elsewhere in baseball:
The list: Worst MVP winners
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"Let's take a quick look at worst MVP winners. There are many ways to look at this, but the easiest is to simply create a cutoff using Wins Above Replacement"
What we learned about baseball this season
Baseball Nation, Wendy Thurm
"A lot of things have happened in 2012, and we've got the things that shouldn't be soon forgotten."