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Morning Prowl: Andy Dirks, Justin Verlander, Twins issues

Jalen Rose referred to himself as a scrub in a tweet after not quite getting the perfect ceremonial pitch Saturday.
Jalen Rose referred to himself as a scrub in a tweet after not quite getting the perfect ceremonial pitch Saturday.

Dirks confident as he awaits big league debut | News
"I'm just playing baseball," Dirks said. "It's what I always do. You're going to struggle at times and you're going to do well other times. You just have to stay as focused as you can and keep grinding it out every at-bat and try to have a little fun sometimes."

Out of Left Field: Verlander gets chippy with Royals' Melky Cabrera
The Oakland Press' Matthew B Mowery explains why Justin Verlander was chippy after being taken out of the game Friday. Actually, Verlander does in video Mowery shot.

Verlander Rocks Again in Detroit - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
ESPN writes: "According to Elias, Verlander’s bid was the longest in the start immediately following a no-hitter since Mark Buehrle also went 5 ⅔ innings without giving up a hit in 2009. If Verlander had made it through the sixth, it would’ve been the longest since Mike Scott in 1986."

Old English D: A Pretty Penny
Jen caught another game. You can guess who pitched!

DesigNate Robertson: Who Wants to See My Head Explode?
Meanwhile I inadvertently led to the explosion of Rogo's head as he fisks and rants. Sorry Rogo!

The Daily Fungo by Mike McClary : Is Magglio Ordonez finished as productive major leaguer?
Mike polls. Share your views. My quick take, repeated, was that Ordonez needed this time to rest and get healthy. Recovering from a fractured ankle and then playing professional sports isn't as easy as some people think. After Ordonez has rested it properly I think we'll see him playing better.

MCB Blogging Brothers Podcast: We’re Almost to the Quarter Pole
BYB isn't the only Tigers site to be podcasting. The brothers Snyder are too.

Tigers Attendance Lagging: Motor City Bengals | A Detroit Tigers blog
Chris looks closer at the attendance at Comerica Park and the news isn't as good as we would hope.

Down on the Farm: Top Catching Prospects Producing Early: Motor City Bengals | A Detroit Tigers blog
Jay RC checked in on some of the Tigers catching prospects recently and likes what he sees. Twins drop eighth consecutive game
The last time Minnesota lost eight in a row as in 2003,'s Rhett Bollinger writes.

A Bullpen of Musical Chairs: Twins to Make Additional Changes - Twinkie Town
So after all those losses, the Twins are still trying to work things out in their pen, dumping Jose Mijares to the disabled list and calling up Phil Dumatrait and Anthony Swarzak. Ramirez, Buehrle lift White Sox past A's
Chicago may be 7 games under .500, but it did win its third consecutive series with a narrow victory over Oakland on Sunday.

AL Central In Focus: Juan Pierre: Unusual Left Fielder
Colin McLaughlin explores the issues surrounding Juan Pierre as a leadoff batter for the White Sox.

The Indians were washed out Sunday and face Kansas CIty in a two-game series starting today.