Detroit Tigers Links: Max Scherzer won't do a nude photo shoot & Justin Verlander has been average

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Max Scherzer says he won't do a nude photo shoot, Justin Verlander has been average this season, and the 10 greatest All-Star Games ever. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Statistically, Tigers' Justin Verlander has been about equal to his average
The Detroit News, Tom Gage

So where does Justin Verlander stand after 20 starts this season? They weren't his best 20. They weren't his worst 20. They were ... about average.

'Slow' radar gun has been cutting into velocity of Justin Verlander, other pitchers at Comerica Park
MLive.com, Chris Iott

Jim Leyland: "Just for everybody's knowledge, the gun has been a little slow here. We're correcting that. So I think that's been a little bit misleading."

Max Scherzer probably won’t do a nude photo shoot like Matt Harvey
Big League Stew, David Brown

Riding down in a Citi Field elevator, Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers considered what would happen if everybody saw him naked.

Miggy dodges high-and-tight pitch in new Fox Sports 1 promo
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

How apropos is it that Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, in the portions of the promo video shot at Comerica Park for the new Fox Sports 1 network, is seen dodging what appears to be a high-and-tight fastball in slow-motion, "300" style?

Fielder first eliminated in Home Run Derby
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

This might be the only time Prince Fielder enters any baseball competition as a leadoff hitter.

Elsewhere in baseball:

The Six Skill Competitions That Could Fix MLB All-Star Week
The Triangle Blog, Michael Baumann

Baseball might be the only one of the four major sports in which the All-Star Game is more entertaining than its baggage.

10 greatest All-Star Games ever
The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe

A countdown of the Midsummer Classic's finest moments.

Clayton Kershaw "hurt" by Bruce Bochy’s comments regarding Matt Harvey starting the All-Star game
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Media availability for the National League All-Stars is going on at the moment.

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