Detroit Tigers Links: Justin Verlander may not be an all-star & Victor Martinez's web gem

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Justin Verlander may not make it to the All-Star Game, Victor Martinez makes an incredible behind-the-back play, and the Cardinals are MLB's smartest organization. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Justin Verlander is unlikely to pitch in the All-Star Game
HardballTalk, Drew Silva

Tigers ace Justin Verlander has a 3.72 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 92 innings this season, so he might not get invited to the 2013 All-Star Game anyway.

Rondon staying in Toledo for now, and other Tigers bullpen questions answered
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Bruce Rondon didn’t have the easiest of ninth innings, giving up a two-run homer, but he finished out another Mud Hens win, this one an 8-5 victory that did not count as a save situation.

Victor Martinez makes unreal behind-the-back, no-look flip to retire Jacoby Ellsbury
Big League Stew, David Brown

The talk of the Detroit Tigers-Boston Red Sox game Sunday was a different play, one in the outfield that umpires might have messed up.

Jhonny Peralta walks off the bullpen.
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

Walks off to help the bullpen, anyways.

Tigers Trade Strategy
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum

Obviously there has been a lot of buzz lately surrounding the Detroit Tigers closer situation.

Tigers Team Defense Still Lacking This Year
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

By most accounts, the Tigers were one of the weaker defensive teams in baseball last year, especially in the first half.

Around the AL Central:

MLB Final Score/Recap: Minnesota Twins 5, Cleveland Indians 3
Let's Go Tribe

The Indians hung around all game but couldn't come back on the Twins, who avoided the sweep.

Royals complete comeback in eighth thanks to White Sox errors
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

The White Sox gifted the Royals a victory, but I'm not complaining.

Royals 7, White Sox 6: Eighth-inning errors end streaks
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Jesse Crain's scoreless streak, chance at sweep disappear during another ugly, costly inning.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Cardinals are MLB's smartest organization
SweetSpot Blog, Bill Baer

The St. Louis Cardinals are 47-27, atop the National League Central and well on their way to another postseason appearance.

We need a good name for the five-strikeout game
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

Because we need something, and Shoppach -- who's just been waived by the M's -- is the most recent major leaguer to strike out five times in one game.

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