Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera's injury & Mariano Rivera's pregame tribute

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Leyland isn't sure what to do about Miguel Cabrera's injury, Mariano Rivera's pregame tribute, and is the Detroit Tigers' bullpen really as bad as people think? These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

How Bad is the Detroit Tigers September Bullpen Really?
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

The Detroit Tigers bullpen ERA has ballooned to 6.00 in the month of September – second worst mark in baseball this month – but is the awful mark a sign of impending doom as the club looks forward to the postseason?

Remembering Tigers Twenty-Game Winners
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

When Tigers right hander Max Scherzer won his 20th game of the year on Friday night, it did not create the same buzz it would have in earlier decades.

A Crazy Person Says Justin Verlander Should Join the Bullpen
TigerSnark

There was a time when I would get upset that ESPN and major sites online would seem to ignore the Tigers and only focus their attention on the Yankees and Red Sox. I’m beginning to miss those days.

Please hold (but also eat some nachos).
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

In the meantime, remember that we are living in a world where Brayan Pena is an active tweeter, and is obsessed with his own nipples.

Jim Leyland 'concerned' about Miguel Cabrera groin injury, but says he's can't totally rest him if healthy
Detroit Free Press, George Sipple

Leyland said he doesn’t know what he can do though.

Only one big goal counts for the Tigers
The Detroit News, Bob Wojnowski

Sometimes these long pursuits turn joyless, almost monotonous, milestones melding into millstones.

Brookens Plays Odds, Green Lights Dramatic Tigers Win
Dark Side of Green

It shouldn't be a surprise to the Twitter haters of Tigers third base coach Tom Brookens that he's aggressive in sending runners to home.

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Garcia punishes former team
South Side Sox

Avisail Garcia drives in two runs to help the White Sox defeat his former club 6-3.

A's 11, Twins 7: Athletics Complete Sweep, Clinch AL West Division Title
Twinkie Town

This series made Twins fans everywhere cringe. Sometimes, reality bites.

Justin Maxwell hits walk-off grand slam, Royals clinch winning season
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

A great win to finish the year at Kauffman Stadium.

MLB Final Score/Recap: Indians blow out Astros 9-2, continue to keep pace in Wild Card race
Let's Go Tribe

Finally the offense made a game easy for the Indians. Although it took awhile.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Retroactive All-Star Game Project
SABR

We’re using the first half split data from Baseball-Reference for each of the years 1916 through 1932, conducting an online vote for All-Star Game starters for each year, simming the game with OOTP 14, and then writing up a game account, which will be posted along with the box score on the Seamheads.com website.

With another division title, Beane is best GM
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

If I win $750 million in the lottery and purchase a major league franchise, Billy Beane is the guy I'd hire to run my franchise.

Andy Pettitte's a tough Cooperstown case
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

Or maybe he's an easy one, because it's actually easy to justify voting either way on his Hall of Fame candidacy. And that's without even getting into the drugs thing.

No. 42 retired forever in a touching Mariano Rivera pregame tribute Sunday at Yankee Stadium
HardballTalk, Drew Silva

It's Mariano Rivera Day at Yankee Stadium and the pregame tribute to the retiring Hall of Fame-bound closer could not have been cooler. Where to start?

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