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The Detroit Tigers could face the Texas Rangers in the ALDS, Paul Konerko thinks Miguel Cabrera is this year's MVP, and Fox finally smartens up and ends out-of-market blackouts for 2014. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
AL Central Standings
Tigers look like dangerous playoff team
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
They really, really do.
Paul Konerko: Tigers' Miguel Cabrera is the 'best in the world' right now
Detroit Free Press, Brian Manzullo
Is it just me, or does it seem like most players and coaches have Cabrera for MVP and most sports writers and a lot fans have Trout? I feel like that means something.
A look at rookies and prospects who played for the Detroit Tigers in 2012.
High-road analysts will say about the Tigers' upcoming first-round playoff foe that it doesn't matter, you need to beat two good teams to get to the World Series.
Ex-Tigers skipper Larry Parrish named manager at West Michigan
The Detroit News, Tony Paul
Because the farm system matters, too.
Tigers are AL Central champs, thanks to a little mantis magic.
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
Samara posts make me happy.
Sack o’ Mail v2.0
"Is there a better team in pool chicken than Cabby or Prince's shoulders?" These are the kind of questions that matter, folks.
Around the AL Central:
Indians 4, White Sox 3: Peavy's potential farewell fitting
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
Jake Peavy pitched beautifully through eight innings, but he couldn't finish what he started and ended up with nothing to show for it.
Blue Jays 4, Twins 3: Twins Lose Game Almost No One Cares About
Joe Mauer went 0 for 3 tonight, taking himself out of the AL Batting Title race, and Anthony Swarzak didn't have his best fifth-spot-start of the season as the Blue Jays beat the Twins in a game almost no one cared about.
Elsewhere in baseball:
Lost in Mike Trout's historic rookie season and the heated AL MVP debate is that the Angels didn't call him up from Triple-A until April 28 and will likely end up missing the playoffs by 2-3 games.
Fox-TV ending Saturday out-of-market blackouts in 2014
Baseball Nation, Al Yellon
It's. About. Damn. Time.
R.A. Dickey will make his final start of the season tonight. You know how good he's been at retiring batters, but you might not know about something else he excels at.