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The Tigers are in a little bit of trouble now, the Kansas City Royals struck a pretty nice deal with Salvador Perez, and an unconventional approach to the new wild card game. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
AL Central Standings
With A's coming to town, Tigers' focus might switch to wild card
The Detroit News, Tony Paul
One loss to the A's = end of focusing on the wild card.
A.L. Central Race Far From Over
Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
Honestly, I'm a little upset there wasn't an Animal House reference in this post.
Jim Leyland: 'It would blow my mind' if Tigers' Miguel Cabrera doesn't win MVP
Detroit Free Press, George Sipple
This is a stark contrast from last season, when Leyland didn't think that Verlander should (or would?) win the MVP.
Around the AL Central:
White Sox 5, Tigers 4: Rios delivers takeout, bullpen shuts door
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
Hey, they used the same picture that Al did. Game still sucked though.
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Pennant races in reverse
The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe
If this were the case, last year's Tigers team would give the 1984 team a run for their money. They finished the season 30-10.
"They locked him up for five years and $7 million, with three team options that add up to $14.75 million. That's eight years of Perez for the price of a year of Joe Mauer."
Play-In Game Strategy: Skip the Starter
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron
This idea -- starting the closer and working with the bullpen from there -- is totally bananas and unconventional so, naturally, I'm a fan.