Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera feels 'ready to go' & Tampa Bay Rays move on to ALDS

Jonathan Daniel

Miguel Cabrera is feeling "ready to go," for the playoffs, five key players the Tigers need against Oakland, and the Tampa Bay Rays move on to the ALDS. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Detroit links:

Miguel Cabrera of Detroit Tigers is 'playing in a lot of pain,' Jim Leyland says
ESPN

That sweet swing is still there. No matter how banged up Miguel Cabrera has been, he's always a threat to hit the ball where nobody can catch it.

Tigers have pitching to beat A's, if they can hit even a little
The Detroit News, Bob Wojnowski

They're not exactly churning into the postseason, so naturally, they've turned from World Series favorites into a wounded bunch just hoping to hang with the A's, right?

Five key players: Detroit Tigers need Austin Jackson to provide spark; Al Alburquerque to see role grow
MLive.com, Chris Iott

Don't be surprised if Jhonny Peralta bats in a potentially game-changing situation more than once in the postseason.

Detroit Tigers get it right going with Max Scherzer in Game 1
Detroit Free Press, MItch Albom

The Tigers passed their first playoff test Tuesday without breaking a sweat — making a hard decision look easy, united and smart.

Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Omar Infante
FanGraphs Baseball, Carson Cistulli

Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series.

Huge Moron Says Tigers Need 6+ Complete Games to Survive Playoffs
TigerSnark

We almost made it two glorious months without the biggest dunce on the planet that writes about the Detroit Tigers publishing one of his poorly thought out piles of trash on the team. But alas, it couldn’t go on forever.

Cabrera leads five Tigers as finalists for Players Choice awards
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

As expected, Miguel Cabrera is leading the voting among his peers again.

A Detroit Tigers Blog: Do Tigers Have Enough Relievers for Post-Season?
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

Nobody, whether it be local fans or national observers, doubts the excellence of the Tigers Tigers starting rotation heading into post-season.

Detroit Tigers Probably Won't Win the World Series
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

Odds say Tigers are a favorite, but they still probably won't win the World Series.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Road warriors: Rays advance to ALDS
USA Today, Paul White

The city changes almost daily but the Tampa Bay Rays are playing the same game everywhere, one that establishes them as a legitimate threat to the American League's three division winners in this year's playoffs.

Why hasn’t there been a unanimous Hall of Famer? (And 20 players who should have been)
HardballTalk, Joe Posnanski

Every time an undeniably great baseball player retires -- the latest being Mariano Rivera -- there will be a handful of people who will wonder: Is he finally the one?

The calculus of playoff rooting interests
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Who you root for and why, explained.

Royals GM Dayton Moore says he feels ‘like we’ve won the World Series’ after going 86-76 and missing playoffs for 28th straight year
Big League Stew, David Brown

Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger bent over backward, and squinted his hardest, in order to give Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore a chance to explain.

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