Detroit Tigers Links: Ryan Raburn's new role & Jake Peavy's dominance

May 7, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ryan Raburn (25) waits for the pitch during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated Detroit 3-2.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Cleveland 18 13 .580 0 Won 1
Detroit 16 15 .516 2 Won 1
Chicago 15 17 .468 3.5 Won 2
Kansas City 11 19 .366 6.5 Won 2
Minnesota 8 23 .258 10 Lost 2

(updated 5.11.2012 at 7:21 AM EDT)

Ryan Raburn is being called the Tigers' new Brandon Inge, Ryan Raburn and Brennan Boesch aren't helping Detroit's offensive struggles (shocker), and Jake Peavy is kinda, sorta good at baseball. These stories and a "Thank-God-It's-Friday shout out" in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Ryan Raburn is filling Brandon Inge's shoes, unfortunately -- The Detroit News, Terry Foster
Aaaaaaaand, discuss.

Week 5 Report: Starters Give Tigers Hope -- Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
"The Tigers had an other uninspiring week going 3-3 versus the White Sox at home and the Mariners in Seattle. As a result. they are now two games behind the Indians who are off to a good start again this year."

Who's To Blame For Tigers Offensive Impotence? -- Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
I don't see how we can put the blame of an entire lineup on the shoulders of Ryan Raburn and Brennan Boesch. The Tigers' struggles go way beyond that. Plus, after last night's game, I think we can put the offensive struggles behind us ... for at least a day.

Octavio Dotel’s little problem. -- Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
A little humor at Octavio Dotel's expense. Because I know we all want to re-live Monday night.

The Tigers After 30 Games -- Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
Worn breaks down the first 30 games of the season using stats, tables, and nerdy baseball references. Which means it's awesome.

Around the AL Central:

Blue Jays 6, Twins 2: Marquis Puts Twins In a Hole Too Deep -- Twinkie Town
"Blue Jays win easy over the Twins."

Game 31: Indians 8, Red Sox 3 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians blasted Josh Beckett and cruised to an 8-3 victory over the Red Sox. A recap of the action."

Jake Peavy the best pitcher in baseball -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"There was a time when Jake Peavy was mentioned in the same breath as pitchers like Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander." I'd like to mention him in the same rotation as Justin Verlander. Wouldn't that be lovely?

Elsewhere in baseball:

Did Matt Kemp just have one of the best Aprils ever? -- The Hardball Times, Dan Lependorf
I'm going to go with yes.

Stadium Journey Magazine, Vol. 2 -- HP MagCloud, Paul Swaney
"Stadium Journey looks at the ballparks of MLB. Features on Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Target Field, Marlins Park, Coors Field, and Tropicana Field. Should games be played in Japan? Ballpark Trivia, and more."

The Unluckiest Pitcher In The World -- Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
Ryan Dempster's ERA is 1.02 through 35 1/3 innings. He doesn't have a win yet. Even Drew Smyly feels bad for this guy.

MLB moves to eliminate third-to-first pickoff trickery, but no one has any idea why -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Um, this is stupid. That is all.

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