Detroit Tigers Links: Jim Thome Not on Tigers' Radar & Roger Clemens Found Not Guilty

June 17, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers mascot Paws entertains the crowd during the seventh inning stretch during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

AL Central Standings

Chicago 35 32 .522 0 Lost 2
Cleveland 34 32 .515 0.5 Won 1
Detroit 32 34 .484 2.5 Won 2
Kansas City 29 36 .446 5 Lost 1
Minnesota 26 39 .400 8 Won 1

(updated 6.19.2012 at 5:32 AM EDT)

The Tigers are reportedly searching for a right-handed bat, have an average pitching staff, and aren't interested in Jim Thome. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers Pitching Staff is Average - Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
Summary: our defense sucks. All kidding aside, great work here by Lee.

MLB Trade Rumors: Tigers Not Yet Showing Interest In DH Jim Thome - SB Nation Detroit, James Brady
This is the first that I've heard of anything involving Jim Thome coming to Detroit, and for good reason. They need someone who can play at least a lick of defense.

A Poor Man's Casper Wells? - Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
I like this option a lot better than Carlos Quentin, a.k.a. a rich man's Delmon Young.

Prince Fielder could be first Tigers 1B voted All-Star Game starter - The Detroit News, Tony Paul
Prince is 3rd in the American League in WAR among first basemen, behind Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox.

Regressing Quintin Berry - Eye On the Tigers, Jeff Roberts
More on Berry and whether he should be the Tigers' starting left fielder.

Toledo manager Phil Nevin on Jacob Turner: 'He's becoming more of a pitcher than a thrower' - MLive, Chris Iott
Nevin has been impressed with how well Turner has pitched even when he doesn't have his best stuff, something that guys like Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer have struggled with this season.

The state of the AL Central - Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe
"The good news for the Tigers is that despite these problems, they’re still in the thick of things."

Around the AL Central:

Cubs 12, White Sox 3: Stewart blown out - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
The Cubs hit 5 home runs last night, four off of White Sox starter Zach Stewart.

Royals Finally Rally in Ninth, But Too Little, Too Late Against Colt .45s - Royals Review
"Now, I'm going to assume that Chris Johnson is the same one who can see two minutes into the future and change his path should he so choose, so that has to play a part in how Houston scored nine runs today, even off of The Sanchize and Louis "The Omaha Yo-Yo" Coleman."

Game 66: Indians 10, Reds 9 - Let's Go Tribe
"It was a no-holds barred slobberknocker, and the Indians had just enough firepower and just enough good relievers to hold on to win."

Felipe Paulino on track for June 25 return from groin injury - HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
If this holds, Paulino would miss the series against the Tigers in early July. Considering that Paulino has been the Royals' best starter this season, I'm all for this.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Roger Clemens verdict: Not guilty on all six counts - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Can we please stop talking about this now?

Washington Nationals Prospect Ryan Perry Will Transition To Starting Pitcher - SB Nation DC, Tim Blank
::record scratches:: ...wait, what?

Ryan Dempster On DL With Lat Injury - Baseball Nation, Jeff Sullivan
Well, at least that will decrease his asking price.

Battle of the Ballparks -- Vote for MLB's best - ESPN
ESPN is polling fans to vote for the best ballpark in America. If Yankee Stadium Redux wins, I might gouge my eyes out.

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