Detroit Tigers Links: Matthew Stafford Praises Austin Jackson & Brennan Boesch's Improved Mechanics

June 12, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson (14) hits a two run RBI single against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

AL Central Standings

Chicago 34 28 .548 0 Lost 1
Cleveland 32 29 .524 1.5 Lost 2
Detroit 29 33 .467 5 Won 1
Kansas City 26 34 .433 7 Won 2
Minnesota 25 36 .409 8.5 Lost 1

(updated 6.14.2012 at 5:26 AM EDT)

Matthew Stafford talks about playing against Austin Jackson, Brennan Boesch is finally breaking out, and Omir Santos signs with the Rockies. These stories and clown questions, bro, in today's Morning Prowl.

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford recalls Detroit Tigers' Austin Jackson's youth baseball dominance - MLive, Justin Rogers
"He was a freak. He put a couple third basemen in the hospital. He was a dead pull hitter, just like he is now, but he was such a threat to bunt, because he was so fast, that people would play in on him and he'd rip it down third with a metal bat."

Omir Santos signs with Rockies; he refused assignment by Tigers - The Detroit News
News from the future: Santos gets a game-winning RBI double against the Tigers this weekend.

Is Boesch Back? Swing Mechanic Improvements Say Yes - Motor City Bengals, Brian Sakowski
"Now, neither of these mechanical flaws accounts for poor plate discipline or strike zone recognition, but with Boesch squaring up more baseballs and just generally making better contact, I can live with the less than ideal approach."

Andy Dirks' return to Tigers remains unclear - Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
Not much to see here, but it looks like Dirks might be out longer than expected.

When umpires attack. - Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
YES! I finally got to link one of Samara's posts, breaking Melissa's streak of roughly a gazillion in a row.

Tigers announce 15 draft signings - Beck's Blog
Honestly, I linked this because the first two comments are absolutely priceless.

Around the AL Central:

Game 61: Reds 5, Indians 3 - Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians have a strangely repetitive way of losing lately: starter gets behind early, reliever gives up more runs, and no chance of coming from behind."

Cardinals 1, White Sox 0: Wrong end of pitchers' duel - South Side Sox
"Jake Peavy was excellent tonight. But Lance Lynn was better."

Escobar Clutch in Royals 11th Inning Walk-Off Win - Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
"Then it happened. A couple of walks and Escobar delivers the best clutch hit by a Royal this season, a 2-out, 2-run double in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game up."

Phillies 9, Twins 8: Landslide Scoring by Phillies in First Weighs Down Twins - Twinkie Town
"The Phillies jumped out to an early lead, scoring six runs off of Twins starter P.J. Walters in the top of the first inning, and despite the Twins' later challenges, were able to hold on for the win."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Bryce Harper To Prying Canadian Reporter: "That's A Clown Question, Bro" - Deadspin, Jack Dickey
Wow, that's amazing. I had no idea that Bryce Harper is Mormon.

Brian Roberts battles through concussion, stages great return to Orioles after 13-month absence - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Roberts' return is the only thing I've heard on the radio here in Baltimore over the past 3 days. If this keeps up, we'll be hearing about his favorite kind of jello by Sunday.

A.J. Ellis Not Finished Waiting Patiently - Baseball Nation, Jeff Sullivan
A.J. Ellis: the anti-Delmon Young.

Ron Washington and Tony La Russa name their All-Star Game coaching staffs - HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
So. Much. Irony. The currently unemployed Tony La Russa is managing a game with playoff implications. Also, La Russa didn't choose current Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as part of his staff.

The state of umpiring in Major League Baseball - ESPN, Jerry Crasnick
"But this year, umps and uniformed personnel are on their way to setting a record for peevishness. They're baseball's answer to the Hatfields and McCoys -- or George Will and Donald Trump." Or Rogo and RevHaloFan.

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