Detroit Tigers Links: Alex Avila's home run power & Justin Verlander's curve ball

April 8, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (13) celebrates his walk off two run home run during the eleventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 13-12 in eleven innings.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 3 0 1.000 0 Won 3
Kansas City 2 1 .666 1 Won 2
Chicago 1 2 .333 2 Loss 1
Cleveland 1 2 .333 2 Won 1
Minnesota 0 3 .000 3 Lost 3

(updated 4.8.2012 at 8:40 PM PDT)



Alex Avila could be the Tigers third weapon on offense, Justin Verlander's curve ball is in mid-season form, and Prince Fielder's contract could be a nice distraction for Detroit's financial difficulties. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Avila shows he's third weapon for Tigers -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"Instead, let's give credit to the Detroit Tigers. They capped a series sweep of Boston with a stunning 13-12 victory on Sunday, a game featuring 35 hits, 391 pitches, 13 pitchers and two gigantic blown saves by Alfredo Aceves and Mark Melancon." Umm, holy crap.

Fielder’s Home-Run Stroke Distracts Detroit From Fiscal Morass -- Businessweek, Jeff Green and Erik Matuszewski
What do you think Detroit? Does the success of this team -- most notably Prince Fielder -- help some deal with the financial burdens they might be facing? I say: It can't hurt.

Tigers' heavy hitters prove Ilitch's money was well spent -- The Detroit News, John Niyo
As if we needed any proof.

Listing the feats of Sunday’s crazy win -- Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
"Sure, it’s safe to say Sunday’s Tigers win over the Red Sox was a rarity, from the 13-12 final to Alex Avila’s walkoff homer to even Duane Below’s second relief win in as many days. But how rare? Here’s a partial list, courtesy of research on baseball-reference.com."

Prince Fielder, Justin Verlander star in new 'Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet' ads -- MLive.com, Michael Wayland
"General Motors Co. is resurrecting its 1974 ''Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet'' ad with the help of a singing youngster and Detroit Tigers stars Justin Verlander and Prince Fielder."

Justin Verlander gets curve going early this season -- Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
Apparently Tim McCarver is really, really impressed with it. OK then.

Leyland: "No clue" who will fill in for Fister -- Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
Don't worry, ya'll. We got Don Kelly ready, wiling, and able.

Minor League Report: Patrick Leyland Collects Three Hits As Whitecaps Pick Up First Win -- The Tigers Den, Matt Snyder
Because the farm system is important too ...

Returning to the Scene of the Crime -- DesigNate Robertson
Rogo's second trip to Comerica Park was better than the first. We are all so very glad for you.

Tigers 13 Red Sox 12: Detroit Sends Memo to the Rest of Baseball: We Will Kill All of Your Pitchers. -- Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
There's nothing wrong with reading another recap of Sunday's game. Especially when said recap includes a gif of Alex Avila's walk-off shot.

Opening Day Rage -- Brain Matters
Opening day is long gone. But that doesn't mean we all can't use a little refresher. Phil Coke's Brain reminds us how it all went down.

Happy Tigers Passover -- Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
It's not possible to love these anymore than I do. It's just not.

Around the AL Central:

Game 3: Indians 4, Blue Jays 3 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians finally held on to win, besting the Blue Jays 4-3. A recap of the action."

Orioles 3, Twins 1: Swarzak's Effort Not Backed by Offense -- Twinkie Town
"Twins gets swept in Baltimore as they drop the series finale."

On Easter Sunday, Royals, Son of God prevail -- Royals Review
"Despite the biblical nature of their name, God was not on the side of Angels of Anaheim which is in the general vicinity of Los Angeles. On this day, He shone his light on the Kansas City Royals, the ball club on which His Son mans first base."

Rangers 5, White Sox 0: Three Floyd mistakes too many -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"Gavin Floyd surrendered three homers, which was more than enough offense for Rangers with Matt Harrison on the mound."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Yankees, Red Sox both open season 0-3 -- MLB.com, Paul Casella
Tee hee.

Padres acquire lefty Brian Tallet in trade with Pirates -- HardballTalk, Drew Silva
This guy is awesome looking. Take my word for it. Or else click on the link. You won't be disappointed.

Don't Judge A New Ballpark By Its Opening Series -- Baseball Nation, Wendy Thurm
"There is already a lot of hand-wringing about the lack of home runs at Marlins Ballpark. But new ballparks don't always play the same in their first series as they do the rest of the season. Or later..."

Ozzie Guillen in hot water over Fidel Castro talk -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Ozzie Gullen's mouth is in trouble? Well that didn't take long.

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