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Morning Prowl: Grandy Talks, Time for Clete, Power Rankings, and Tram Meets Foote

It's Just Sports has an interview with Curtis Granderson. In addition to talking about his upcoming wine tasting/bachelor auction to benefit the Grand Kids Foundation, Grandy discusses college's role in his development as a professional athlete, baseball's unwritten rules, and why a certain 20-year-old pitcher isn't a part of the bachelor auction.

Mack Avenue Tigers looks at how Magglio Ordonez currently stacks up to his right fielder peers in the "five tools" categories. Is Maggs really as bad as he's looked at times this season? Do the numbers really say it all?

Is it time that Clete Thomas took Josh Anderson's place on the Tigers' roster? After Clete went 3-for-4 with two doubles for Toledo last night, Billfer says it is indeed. Thomas is 18-for-39 in his last 10 games with the Mud Hens.

Pat Caputo, however, thinks sending Clete down and calling up Don Kelly has been the Tigers' "best move of the season so far."

Are the Tigers about to play the Astros as Lance Berkman breaks out of his season-long slump? Maybe, says Richard Justice, but maybe he just had a good game yesterday.

If you're into the power rankings, you might like Tim Brown's over at Yahoo! Sports. The Tigers jumped up five spots in his latest rankings.

Jon Paul Morosi explains how the Tigers are handling Rick Porcello's workload, and the understanding between pitcher and manager over how long he'll pitch in a given ballgame this year. Morosi also compares this approach to how the Dodgers handled Clayton Kershaw last year.

Another stop Alan Trammell made while in town with the Cubs was to the Detroit Lions' mini-camp. New Lions linebacker Larry Foote was thrilled to meet one of his childhood heroes. (And did you know Dan Petry is the Lions' director of suite sales?)

Blake takes a moment from his U.S. tour to break down Joel Zumaya's numbers for June at The Spot Starters. As you might have guessed, Zoom's control has become a major problem.

Something else from It's Just Sports: Did you check out their "Best of the Worst Tigers" list from last week? What did you think of their #1 choice?