Detroit Tigers Links: Is Rick Porcello Detroit's 'secret weapon' or better off in the bullpen?

Duane Burleson

Is Rick Porcello Detroit's "secret weapon"? Should he be moved to the bullpen and skip his next start in the rotation? And more talk about Jhonny Peralta's role in left field. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

No more fatigued Smyly face
Macomb Daily, Matthew B. Mowery

Whether or not Drew Smyly felt tired, the Tigers were going to make sure it didn’t get to him.

Rick Porcello: Becoming Detroit Tigers' Secret Weapon
Rant Sports, Brent Smith

The last three months have seen Rick Porcello change from a Detroit Tigers anchor to a team weapon.

Analysis: Suspended infielder Jhonny Peralta could solve Detroit Tigers' glaring weakness in left field
MLive.com, James Schmehl

The Detroit Tigers have an everyday shortstop. His name is Jose Iglesias. What they don't have right now, is an everyday left fielder. But that could change.

Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland: Miguel Cabrera will DH, Victor Martinez will catch Thursday
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe

Several weeks ago, Leyland mentioned that he could make this maneuver to help Cabrera while he's not running full speed. This will be the first time this season he puts Cabrera at DH.

Detroit Tigers Should Skip Rick Porcello’s Final Turn in the Rotation
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

Rick may not love the idea of being relegated to bullpen duty – starters usually want to start – but having an extra (rather dependable) arm in the bullpen would be a big shot in the arm for the Detroit Tigers.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Collapsing Rangers threatening to join list of recent choke teams
SI.com, Tom Verducci

It's one of the nastiest words in sports, and now the Texas Rangers are confronting the possibility it will forever label their 2013 season: choke.

The A’s are Moneyballing Again
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron

Back at the turn of the century, the 2000/2001 Oakland A’s were remarkably successful, and that success led Michael Lewis to write a little book called Moneyball, which you’ve probably heard of.

Chris Davis breaks O’s single-season home run record
HardballTalk, Drew Silva

Orioles slugger Chris Davis launched his 51st home run of the season Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Hey, if it works for TSA ...
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

The A's are recommending that fans arrive for games 90 minutes early, with new security procedures meaning every fan will have to empty her pockets and pass through a metal detector.

Fan dashes onto the field during Rays game in only his tighty-whiteys and tries to steal second base
Yahoo Sports, Mike Oz

If you thought the dancing Kansas City Royals fan with the jiggly belly needed to show the baseball world less of himself, then get a load of this dude from the Tampa Bay Rays game on Monday night.

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