Detroit Tigers Links: Jim Leyland juggles the bullpen & Toledo's Star Wars uniforms

Leon Halip

The Tigers' starting pitching is really good, Jim Leyland has options when juggling the bullpen, and the Toledo Mud Hens are going to wear some ugly uniforms. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland being careful with Jose Valverde, Al Alburquerque as bullpen continues to round into shape
MLive, Chris Iott
The unspoken luxury in this situation is that the starting pitching has allowed Leyland to be selective in his bullpen usage. They are averaging 6 1/3 innings per start as a team this season, which is astounding.

Tigers pitchers on pace to shatter strikeout record
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
If the Tigers played the Braves every weekend, they might break it by mid-August.

5 things we learned from the Tigers’ sweep over the Braves
The Daily Fungo, Ian Casselberry

"I wasn’t crazy about Detroit signing Anibal Sanchez to a five-year, $80 million contract in the offseason, but maybe I need to drink a cup of shut the eff up."

Casper Wells Designated For Assignment By Oakland Athletics
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder
Wells was sent to the Chicago White Sox for cash on Monday afternoon.

Fashion! Mud Hens ready to rock Chewbacca jerseys
Detroit Free Press, James Jahnke
These are hidious.

Who's My Tiger? (April 2013)
Think there's any chance Don Kelly jumped up to #24 after last night's triple? No? Ok then.

Around the AL Central:

MLB Final Score: Cleveland Indians 9, Kansas City Royals 0: Bizarro Ubaldo shocks everyone, especially the Royals, by pitching a gem
Let's Go Tribe
Ryan Raburn hit two home runs and drove in four RBIs. Even more shocking, I started him on my fantasy team.

Ubaldo'd: Royals shut down and out by Jimenez
Royals Review, Craig Brown

"On the flip side, there was Wade Davis. Davis was miserable. I was hoping he could last five innings. He went 4.2, allowing 15 baserunners."

Source: Kevin Correia is on his way to your house to beat you up
Twinkie Town, Jon Marthaler

"Correia, 32, signed a two-year contract worth $10 million in the off-season, a move that many - including you - criticized at the time. Through five starts, however, Correia has a 3-1 record and a 2.23 ERA, has pitched at least seven innings and allowed three or fewer runs in each of the five games, and now also has a pretty good idea of the things you've been saying about him."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Yes, Matt Harvey's strikeouts are fantastic ... but.
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
No buts. Harvey is 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA and is allowing 3.6 hits per nine innings. Dude's the real deal.

Pettitte: Loss 'made me sick to my stomach'
ESPN New York, Wallace Matthews
Only in New York can the expectations go from "worst team ever" to "one loss to the Astros = apocalypse" in two weeks.

Washington Nationals Rewind: Davey Johnson Says Stephen Strasburg Has Right Forearm Tightness
Federal Baseball, Patrick Reddington
Translation: that ain't good.

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