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Justin Verlander is still good at pitching, Jim Leyland is worried about his engine light, and Alex Rodriguez is also preoccupied. These stories and a long overdue link (you're welcome, Brian) to a new Tigers blog in today's Morning Prowl.
Justin Verlander: Atypical Game, Typical Results
FanGraphs Baseball, Jack Moore
"Justin Verlander only struck out three Yankees; never mind that the Tigers’ ace held the New York Yankees to one run over 8.1 innings in Game 3 of the ALCS, we bolt to attention because he didn’t record enough strikeouts. This is Justin Verlander’s level."
Second baseman's health, oil change occupy Leyland's mind before Game 4
The Detroit News, Tom Gage
Yes, this is an article about Jim Leyland getting his oil changed. If this is what happens when we have one night off, I am not looking forward to the offseason one bit.
The TPR 2012 Minor League Awards
Tigers Prospect Report, Brian Sakowski
Actual Tigers minor league coverage! Amazingly, the market has become quite scarce in recent years now that people are taking time off to teach undergrad students about communicating, or whatever it is that Tokarz is doing these days.
So is the ALCS over? Tigers don’t think so
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
I don't think it is either. Ask me again in about 12 hours though.
Elsewhere in Baseball:
The worst commercials of the postseason
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
I feel like we could have a thread just to debate this topic alone.
Giants to start Tim Lincecum in Game 4, Barry Zito in Game 5
HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
The more surprising move here is definitely Zito replacing Madison Bumgarner in the Giants' rotation, though I don't think it will matter against a righty-heavy Cardinals offense.