Detroit Tigers Links: Al Alburquerque feels healthy & Phil Coke still not pitching well

DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 25: Al Alburquerque #62 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the sixth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park on September 25, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.

AL Central Standings

Chicago 72 58 .553 0 Lost 1
Detroit 69 60 .534 2.5 Lost 2
Kansas City 58 71 .449 13.5 Won 2
Cleveland 55 76 .419 17.5 Lost 5
Minnesota 53 78 .404 19.5 Lost 1

(updated 8.30.2012 at 2:37 PM PDT)

Al Alburquerque feels like he's ready to rejoin the Tigers, Phil Coke hasn't provided any relief for the Tigers in awhile, and Hank Aaron says PED punishments need to be increased. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Phil Coke hasn't been providing Tigers any relief for a while -- The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
"Relief pitchers are notorious for having their bad days at work. And when disaster happens, all the good days, the triumphs, the diligent efforts from past times, can be lost to a kind of fan amnesia."

Tigers Lose Most Entertaining Game Of Season -- Walkoff Woodward, Cameron Scott
I know this isn't exactly timely, but it made me laugh nonetheless. And us Tigers fans need a little more laughter in our lives, don't you think?

Excuses, Excuses. -- Brain Matters
"Lynn Henning has psychologically conditioned this team to anticipate and accept failure." I actually think that might be true.

Minor League Prospect Report: Eugenio Suarez, SS, Detroit Tigers -- Minor League Ball, John Sickels
"Detroit Tigers shortstop prospect Eugenio Suarez has quietly had an excellent season in the Low-A Midwest League, performing well both offensively and defensively for the West Michigan Whitecaps. "

Alburquerque feels healthy, looks ready -- Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
"Al Alburquerque feels like he can pitch in the big leagues if the Tigers want him. His latest outing might have been the last hurdle to getting him back to Detroit in time for the stretch run."

Around the AL Central:

Would anyone actually want Joe Mauer? -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"OK, let's have a little fun here. The Minnesota Twins have placed Joe Mauer on revocable trade waivers, which doesn't necessary mean anything. "

Orioles 5, White Sox 3: Quintana ambushed in third -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"Jose Quintana's day went from perfect to disastrous after two outs in the third inning."

Game 131: Athletics 12, Indians 7 -- Let's Go Tribe
"There isn't much left to talk about regarding this Hindenburg of a season, so much of the focus is now on the manager. "

Elsewhere in baseball:

Hank Aaron says PED punishments need to be increased -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
"All respect to Hank Aaron, but his status as the guy who was eclipsed in the record book by a steroids-fueled dude doesn't render this sentiment any more rational than when someone else says it: "I think it’s got to be a little bit more severe as far as penalties are concerned," Aaron said."

Should The Tampa Bay Rays Move To Montreal? -- Baseball Nation, Al Yellon
"The Tampa Bay Rays have had attendance problems despite their good play on the field. People in Montreal want Major League Baseball back. Is there a fit here?"

Adam Greenberg seeks one official at-bat with help of campaign and petition -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
"Adam Greenberg is this generation's Moonlight Graham, only with a particularly cruel twist."

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