Detroit Tigers Links: Joaquin Benoit may be the Tigers new closer & ranking the best designated hitters

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Joaquin Benoit could be the Tigers new closer, Detroit's bullpen is still a cause for concern, and Baseball Nation ranks the best designated hitters of all time. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Offense finds its groove -- and Tigers might've found a closer
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

Jim Leyland had said even before Saturday's 3-hour, 28-minute marathon ended at Comerica Park that he wanted to get Benoit involved in ninth-inning situations.

One Week In, Bullpen A Cause For Concern
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum

This is the least shocking analysis of this team so far.

New chairman for the committee? All things equal, Leyland may be leaning toward Benoit in the 9th
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

Why does this bring me zero comfort?

mired in Twinkies
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

A few days late. But still good.

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 4, Mariners 3 (10 innings): Dayan Viciedo walks off in style
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

First game in 1983 throwbacks is a winner thanks to extra-inning Tank blast.

MLB Final Score: Indians 13, Rays 0
Let's Go Tribe

That was unexpected.

Billy Butler hits first career grand slam in Royals victory over the Phillies
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

The Royals offense battered Phillies pitching for the second time in three days, but Greg Holland and the Royals bullpen nearly gave the victory away in the ninth.

Twins Take Another Series as Minnesota Wins 4-3
Twinkie Town

Sometimes you help yourself. Sometimes your opponent helps you. Either way is good.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Old Yankees box office phone number now owned by sex hotline
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

Instead of pressing 2 to speak to a representative about how many tickets are available in section 214, you can speak to a hot lady who's been waiting for your call all of her life... for a small fee after a five minute trial!

40 years later, ranking the greatest Designated Hitters
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

Sure, you know about Edgar Martinez and Frank Thomas and David Ortiz. But what about the other great Designated Hitters since 1973?

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