Detroit Tigers Links: Ryan Raburn's clutch at bat & Collin Balester's unimpressive appearances

May 15, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ryan Raburn (25) hits a three run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

Ryan Raburn shut up all the haters for at least 24 hours; Collin Balester on the other hand, did not; and Justin Morneau returns to the Twins lineup just in time for the Tigers series. These stories and some Bleacher Report trolling in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Detroit Tigers Leave Windy City with Statement Game and Ryan Raburn Emerges…Finally -- Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
Another recap of yesterday's game ... complete with a Raburn home run GIF. Because we all need to see it again to believe it.

Detroit Tigers: Why They Are Overrated, Not Under-Performing -- Bleacher Report, PJ Sapienza
*head explodes in frustration*

Jim Leyland unfazed by Tigers' sluggish start -- Detroit Free Press, Mark Snyder
"For those concerned about the Tigers sitting one game out of first place entering Monday night's game against the White Sox, manager Jim Leyland understands. He just doesn't agree."

Tigers miss hitting and leadership of Victor Martinez -- The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
Don't get it twisted, Henning, we also miss Little Victor.

Here's why the Tigers must keep playing Ryan Raburn -- The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching
By now, you've probably already read this. And if you haven't, then what the h*** are you waiting for? Kurt makes his News debut and inspires a three-run home run out of Ryan Raburn as a result. We all thank you, Kurt.

Early Returns on the Balester/Perry Trade -- Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
"A few months of baseball have passed since the Tigers flipped disappointing power righty Ryan Perry, who was once assumed to be the Tigers’ future closer."

Raburn talks about struggles -- Beck's Blog
Struggles? What struggles? When you hit a rally starting three-run home run, struggles are often forgotten about. At least until 7:05 p.m. tonight.

The day Ty Cobb hit three home runs -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
I've decided that Ryan Raburn looks like Ty Cobb. It's a shame he doesn't play like him.

Around the AL Central:

Justin Morneau Will Be Activated From DL Wednesday -- Baseball Nation, Al Yellon
Happy to see him back. Not happy to see him back in time for the Tigers series.

Tigers 10, White Sox 8: Detroit barrage too much -- South Side Sox
"After jumping out to a 6-0 lead, the White Sox gave up 10 straight runs to the Tigers. A ninth inning White Sox come back fell just short."

Indians 5, Twins 0: Marquis Shaky in Another Game to Forget -- Twinkie Town
"Indians 5, Twins 0: Marquis Shaky in Another Game to Forget."

Game 36: Indians 5, Twins 0 -- Let's Go Tribe
"Derek Lowe threw tossed his first shutout in seven years as the Indians cruised to a 5-0 in Minnesota. A recap of the action."

Royals Take Care of Business, Sweep Rangers with a 7-4 Win -- Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
"Royals Take Care of Business, Sweep Rangers with a 7-4 Win."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Stephen Strasburg and ‘Hot Stuff’ ointment are apparently not a very good mix -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Umm, awkward.

Because you need to read a short story about baseball in the year 2044 -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
"What will baseball be like in the year 2044?" Hopefully not anything like it is in 2012 -- at least for the Tigers sake.

Mets to Host 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field --, Ken Belson
"Major League Baseball has chosen Citi Field to host the All-Star Game in 2013." Apparently MLB's not-so best kept secret.

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