Detroit Tigers Links: Jose Valverde's road back & Miguel Cabrera won't be in Home Run Derby

Duane Burleson

Jose Valverde's road back begins in Toledo, Miguel Cabrera won't participate in this year's Home Run Derby, and Ryan Braun refuses to answer MLB's Biogenesis questions. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 49 40 .550 0 Lost 1
Cleveland 47 43 .522 2.5 Won 1
Kansas City 43 44 .494 5 Won 2
Minnesota 37 50 .425 11 Lost 3
Chicago 35 52 .402 13 Won 1

(updated 7.9.2013 at 8:42 PM PDT)


Tigers links:

Trade value of Jonathan Papelbon, other relievers no easy puzzle for Detroit Tigers' Dave Dombrowski
MLive.com, Josh Slagter

Guys like Rick Porcello, Andy Dirks or even Avisail Garcia might be expendable, but is it too much of a risk to trade for a bullpen arm in July?

Jose Valverde's long road back begins in Toledo
The Detroit News, Rod Beard

For Valverde, 35, there's no doubt in his mind he still has a few years left in his career. Inspired by the game's great closers, he's looking to hone his mechanics in Toledo.

All Star Tigers and other cartoons.
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

Your 2013 All Star Tigers starters: Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Miguel Cabrera.

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 Chicago White Sox
TigerSnark

Get used to them as we’ll be seeing quite a bit of them for the rest of the year.

Miggy won't be in the Home Run Derby after all
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

Captain Robinson Cano was willing to hold a spot for Miguel Cabrera on the American League’s team for the Home Run Derby, waiting to see if his back felt healthy enough.

Welcome Back Victor Martinez, Sorry We Didn’t See You Come In
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

To say that Victor Martinez’s 2013 season to date has been a massive disappointment would be a significant understatement.

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 11, Tigers 4: First meeting goes well
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Alex Rios goes 6-for-6 and Dayan Viciedo homers twice to take season series opener.

Rays 4, Twins 1: Bad Fourth Inning Sinks Gibson
Twins Twinkie Town

Over-hyped Kyle Gibson wasn't that bad in his first road start--I would say, maybe average for him? (Bringing down some hyped Twins fans, I know. Sorry.)

Elsewhere in baseball:

25-man All-Star Game roster: National League
The Strike Zone, Jay Jaffe

The first major league All-Star Game took place 80 years ago and featured just 18 players on both the National and American League rosters.

When I look at Brandon Inge, I just see starbursts and glitter
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

Clint Hurdle describes Brandon Inge as a "run-producer" in the flying face of all the available evidence. But should we blame the Pirates' manager for using the players on his roster?

Report: Ryan Braun refuses to answer MLB’s Biogenesis questions; up to 20 suspensions loom after All-Star break, including A-Rod
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

We've waited and waited for the other shoe to drop in the Biogenesis case, and we're not there yet, but a new ESPN "Outside the Lines" report gives us two fresh, interesting nuggets:

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