Detroit Tigers Links: AL Central Division Champions & Miguel Cabrera as the Triple Crown leader

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The Tigers are AL Central Division Champions, Miguel Cabrera leads the league in all three Triple Crown categories, and Max Scherzer is ready to pitch. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers are AL Central champs! Miguel Cabrera leads the way
The Detroit News, Tom Gage

"At the conclusion of the Tigers' game, Cabrera led in all three categories of the Triple Crown — home runs, RBI and batting average — with two games remaining."

Back-to-back! Detroit Tigers crowned division champions for second straight year
MLive, James Schmehl

"They became the first team in the American League to clinch their division en route to earning back-to-back postseason berths for the first time in 77 years."

Our Long National Nightmare Is Over: Gerald Laird Delivers The Division
Walkoff Woodward, Grey Papke

"Really, the Tigers’ lone shortcoming tonight was the fact that they played Party Rock Anthem in the clubhouse after the game, but we’ll let that one slide. Enjoy a stress-free next two days. Relatively."

Tigers Top Royals, Celebrate AL Central Championship
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

"Like a stubborn husband who found himself in the wrong neighborhood and refused to ask for directions the Tigers took the long route to their destination, but they have arrived for the postseason party on time and no worse for the wear."

Encore: #Miggy4MVP
DesigNate Robertson
He's baaaaaaack!

Tigers' Max Scherzer says he's ready to pitch
The Detroit News, Tom Gage
With even more rest headed his way (Scherzer will pitch on Sunday at the earliest), we should see a 100% healthy Max in the postseason.

Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera among baseball's leaders in jersey sales
MLive, James Schmehl
If the MVP race were based on jersey sales, Cabrera would be in trouble.

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 11, Indians 0: Sox hold Tribe to nothing for nothing
South Side Sox

"The 11-0 deficit marked the 11th time Cleveland was shut out this season."

Game 160: White Sox 11, Indians 0
Let's Go Tribe

"Meanwhile the Indians, who beat up Hector Santiago in his previous start, couldn't touch the Chicago left-hander."

Chen Goads Tigers into Winning, Advances Mission: Get Better Draft Pick
Royals Review

"Granted, all of this draft pick jockeying will be for nought when the world ends in the offseason, but we can pretend these games matter, right? That these losses mean something? That they serve a greater purpose? Because if they don't, then holy hell is this a depressing part of the season."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Mike Trout and the Stretch Run
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan
While I normally like Sullivan's work, he becomes another writer using WAR as a crutch instead of a tool in this piece.

Nationals Park goes wild as Atlanta loss clinches NL East for Washington (Video)
Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
The Nationals didn't win last night, but they did get to celebrate at home. Lucky them.

Jason Hammel throws simulated game, could be available as soon as Saturday
HardballTalk, D.J. Short
Big news for the Orioles... if they make it to Saturday, that is.

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