Detroit Tigers Links: More bullpen problems & Austin Jackson's improved plate discipline

Thearon W. Henderson

There are a few bullpen options in the minor leagues, Austin Jackson is hitting well with two strikes, and Rogo compares the current team with the 1984 Tigers. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Bullpen options going Tigers' way with Rondon, Valverde, Ortega
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

"The arrival of either Valverde or Rondon would do wonders for a Tigers bullpen that, for now, is handling business tidily. Not a shocking development, nor is it Shangri-la if you are manager Jim Leyland."

Detroit Tigers' Austin Jackson shows knack for hitting with two strikes with key walk in win over Seattle Mariners
MLive, Chris Iott

"Small sample size for 2013? Of course it is. But Jackson is already halfway to his RBI total after falling behind 0-2 for each of the past three seasons."

Catfight: 1984 Tigers vs. 2013 Tigers
TigerSnark

"With any luck, we'll be talking about the '13 Tigers the way people do the '84 champs. But we've still got a long way to go to get there."

Around the AL Central:

MLB Final Score: Boston Red Sox 6, Cleveland Indians 3
Let's Go Tribe
The Red Sox left a gazillion runners on base against Justin Masterson in this one. Picture the Tigers against Ubaldo Jimenez circa 2012.

Wade Davis and Bullpen Dominate Braves for 1-0 Win
Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
In related news, Jeff Francoeur did something positive.

White Sox 7, Blue Jays 0: After Tyler Flowers goes deep, Jose Quintana coasts
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
Apparently yesterday was "AL Central teams beat preseason World Series contenders" day.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Bruins fans sing national anthem during pregame ceremony
SB Nation, Pat Iversen
Forgive the non-baseball link, but this is too good not to share.

The taxonomy of pitch faces: Boston Red Sox
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

"Welcome to another episode of pitch faces, in which we look at the stupid faces professional athletes make while doing their jobs."

Zack Greinke of Los Angeles Dodgers regrets not telling catcher he had history with Carlos Quentin
ESPN Los Angeles, Mark Saxon
This situation is getting weirder by the day.

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