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Morning Prowl: Jackson's Fatigue, Washburn's Knee, Bondo's Truck, and Mucho Minors

Big League Stew's Slumpbot .200 wonders if Edwin Jackson is running out of gas and needs to have his innings limited toward the end of the season.

Tiger Geist raises a very interesting question about the Jarrod Washburn trade. Did they realize the extent of the injury to his left knee when the deal was made?

How important has August 30 been to the Tigers in recent years? Jon Paul Morosi draws an interesting parallel to what happened on that date in 2006 and what transpired this year. Coincidence or... destiny?

Brandon Lyon has his remote-controlled airplanes (when Rick "Heavy Sinker" Porcello isn't chucking them into the turf). Jeremy Bonderman rolls with remote-controlled four-wheel trucks. And if Bondo's not careful, his manager might smash that toy.

How do Fernando Rodney's 2009 numbers rate among other standout seasons by Tigers relievers? Tiger Tales stacks Rodney up against pitchers such as Aurelio Lopez, Guillermo Hernandez, and Mike Henneman.

John Lowe believes that Mike Ilitch never wanted to let Magglio Ordonez go, even at mid-season when Maggs was at his lowest production.

In case you missed it, Dontrelle Willis gave up two runs and six hits in his rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Saturday. Willis also totaled two walks and five strikeouts.

Take 75 North looks at the Lakeland Flying Tigers' just-completed 2009 season. And though they might not have had the one top-shelf gem to look out for this year, the Flying Tigers had a few prospects worth noting.

Peter Gammons has big praise for how Jim Leyland has handled Porcello's workload this season, especially compared to the Yankees' approach with Joba Chamberlain.

John Sickels reviews his preseason rankings (published back in January) of the Tigers' top 20 prospects at Minor League Ball. It's interesting to see how many made it to the majors this season.

In a free article at, Mark Anderson profiles Cale Iorg. Has the Tigers' aggressive approach with him paid off? And has Iorg's sub-par offensive production (.222/.274/.336) changed perception of him among scouts and opposing coaches?

As sort of a footnote to an article about the possible shortstop of the future, the Boston Red Sox continue to remind us just how difficult it is to find a good player at that position.

(Who's had worse luck: The Red Sox with shortstops since 2004 or the Tigers with left fielders since 2006?)