Detroit Tigers Links: Jim Leyland and the bullpen & the Braves historical start

Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers bullpen isn't doing Jim Leyland any favors, thoughts on the Royals bullpen, and putting the Braves start into historical context. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Detroit Tigers Doing Something Unexpectedly Well
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum

And that thing is putting the ball in play... The Tigers are and have been a team built around line drives up the gap and the statistic "BABIP," and their team BABIP of .338 is quite good.

Could Tigers be first team since 1894 Phillies to have more than one .400 hitter?
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe

Only one American League or National League team has had more than one player hit .400 for the same season. Did this achievement come about in part because of a ballpark fire nearly 120 years ago?

Detroit Tigers relievers not doing Jim Leyland many favors as he tries to mix-and-match in late innings
MLive.com, Chris Iott

Leyland: "The way we're doing it right now, you've just got to do what you've got to do to win the game. We won the game. Who knows what's going to happen tomorrow."

5 Good Minutes With Torii Hunter: ‘I Was Like ‘Be A Man’
CBS Detroit, Jeff Riger

"Both teams were cold, they are dome guys over there, so they might have been a little colder than we were, but it was really cold."

Around the AL Central:

Kansas City Royals win on Alex Gordon walk-off single
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

Alex Gordon proved that he is an American hero on Sunday.

MLB Final Score: Chicago White Sox 3, Cleveland Indians 1
Let's Go Tribe

Brett Myers pitched better, but he and the Indians were no match for Jake Peavy

White Sox 3, Indians 1: Jake Peavy ends road woes
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Two homers back seven sterling innings for the first road victory of the season

What's going on with Royals bullpen?
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Eric Karabell wrote on Friday about the closer situation for the Kansas City Royals -- Greg Holland, Kelvin Herrera and Aaron Crow have all picked up saves so far.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Putting the Braves’ start in historical context
HardballTalk, Bill Baer

Baseball has been around for a long, long time. But only 31 teams have ever started a season 11-1 or 12-0 in their first 12 games.

Thoughts upon seeing "42"
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

This isn't really a proper review, but it's not a not-review, either. Feel free to consider it instead as some long-winded guidance for your weekend.

Carlos Quentin’s Wikipedia page vandalized shortly after suspension announcement
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

We should have seen this one coming.

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