Detroit Tigers Links: José Iglesias gets love from everywhere & breaking down the American League contenders

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

José Iglesias is getting love from everywhere, Miguel Cabrera is having a pantheon season, and breaking down the American League contenders. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland on Jose Iglesias' throw: 'I've never seen a better play'
Detroit Free Press, George Sipple

Both Jim Leyland and Justin Verlander raved about the play during his pregame session Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Jose Iglesias and the rest of the rookie crop
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

Yasiel Puig might not be qualified for the batting lead, but that doesn't mean he won't be Rookie of the Year. And the same is probably true of Detroit's Jose Iglesias.

In Awe of Jose Iglesias
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan

I’m a big fan of games that summarize entire skillsets.

Improved Cabrera having pantheon season
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Last Wednesday, Miguel Cabrera was facing hard-throwing Cleveland Indians rookie Danny Salazar in the eighth inning with two outs and a runner on.

80th anniversary: Vic Sorrell’s 17-inning win
The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe

Eighty years ago, Detroit pitcher Vic Sorrell had the game of his life. After some shaky moments early, he won the 1933 version of the Chicago marathon.

Tigers acquire Ronny Paulino from O’s for cash
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

The Baltimore Orioles tweeted on Monday that they've assigned catcher Ronny Paulino to the Toledo Mud Hens, essentially selling his rights to the Tigers organization.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Please stop with the "Great Clean Hope" nonsense
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch spends some time talking about A-Rod and then turns his attention to Ken Griffey Jr.

Breaking down the American League playoff contenders
The Strike Zone, Jay Jaffe

With a bit less than seven weeks to go in the regular season, the American League situation is considerably more fluid.

The Neuroanatomy of Hitting
Baseball Prospectus, Stuart Wallace

Hitting a baseball is hard. What brain structures and processes allow big-league batters to do it?

Miami Marlins offering $1 tickets to ‘diehard’ fans
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

Any other baseball team running a ticket promo that offers its diehard fans $1 tickets for an upcoming game, we'd probably applaud.

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