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Jose Valverde hasn't been as effective as he was in 2011, the Tigers have a tougher schedule than you think, and Octavio Dotel wants to pump you up. These stories and more (in splendiferous SB Nation United!) in today's Morning Prowl.
AL Central Standings
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"The Tigers aren't complaining. In a division with a minimum of heavyweights, they will be asked to beat two teams Leyland's club has beaten in 2012. The Tigers are 7-4 against Kansas City and, despite Sunday's catastrophe, they're 8-7 against the Twins."
Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland defends decision to bring in closer Jose Valverde tied at 1-all
MLive, James Schmehl
Leyland hits the nail on the head when he says that the offense needed to score more runs. I had no problem with him bringing in Valverde at that point.
Jose Valverde’s Lack of "Stuff" is Concerning Down the Stretch
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder
Around the AL Central:
Will Luke Hochevar have some help next season?
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
Better question: is Hochevar even good enough to be in Kansas City's rotation next season?
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Washington Nationals' Davey Johnson will sit regulars once team clinches
ESPN, Associated Press
Meanwhile, hipster Stephen Strasburg was quoted as saying "I was sitting before we clinched the division."