Detroit Tigers Links: Jose Valverde returns with a save & Tom Brookens runs Victor Martinez into an out

Leon Halip

Jose Valverde made his 2013 debut last night, Tom Brookens made a bad call sending Victor Martinez home on one play, and Rogo ventures into comment sections. These stories and a lot more Papa Grande coverage in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers' Jose Valverde saves the day – for now
Detroit Free Press, Jeff Seidel
Be sure to check out this link, the Freep has video of a Valverde pre-game interview.

'I've only missed three weeks': Jose Valverde excited about Tiger return
The Detroit News, Tom Gage
One thing is for sure: a happy and effective Papa Grande is very good for the Tigers.

Tom Brookens screws up again

"Brookens isn't the only person to screw up here, though. As the video shows, Fielder should've grabbed the bat that was resting dangerously on the baseline and then should've given more than a half-ass signal for V-Mart to get down."

Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
We all knew this was coming.

The Upside to the Detroit Tigers’ Men Left On Base Problem
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

"Leaving men on base certainly doesn’t cause more runs to be scored, but I think it’s easy to see the related skill that causes these to trend together: getting on base in the first place. Teams that get a lot of men on base tend to leave a lot of men on base, but they also tend to score a lot of runs."

A Journey Into the Comments Section: They Are Among Us
Same [stuff], different day for Rogo.

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 3, Indians 2: Rios homer helps end four-game slide
South Side Sox

"Strong pitching and just enough offense net the Sox their eighth win of the season."

Wade Davis, Mike Moustakas struggle in Royals loss to Tigers
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

"Not the finest effort from a Royals starter this season."

MLB Final Score: Chicago White Sox 3, Cleveland Indians 2
Let's Go Tribe

"A reversal of last night's game, at least as far as score is concerned."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Top Plays: Dodgers have phone issues at Citi Field Video
This is excellent.

Hawk Harrelson to talk sabermetrics with Brian Kenny on MLB Now tomorrow
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
This could be the best thing ever or the worst thing ever. There is no middle ground.

Mariners benching their best fielder
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
This move is puzzling at best. Something tells me Eric Wedge's days are numbered in Seattle.

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