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Morning Prowl: Eric Hosmer, Austin Jackson, Al Alburquerque

Poll: Austin Jackson Riding Pine, Who Should Be Hitting First? | Motor City Bengals
That is the crux of the problem right there. There really are no good leadoff batter options. I'll say the answer to the question, as it was presented, was actually Casper Wells, who Jim Leyland may or may not remember is still on the team.

Alburquerque will go where slider takes him | News
Al-Al is throwing his slider nearly 60% of the time and getting some really good results so far. Coupled with a mid-90s fastball, he can be a pretty dangerous pitcher, Jason Beck writes.

DesigNate Robertson: The DNR Current Top 40
Rogo loves Magglio circa 2006 as he ranks the Tigers' 40-man roster. I'd love Magglio circa .300.

Detroit Baseball Page
A new Tigers and MLB blog out there, so give it a look. Blue Jays' shuffled rotation hosts Tigers
The Tigers missed Kyle Drabek, who pitched Thursday due to the injury to Ricky Romero. So Toronto changed things around a bit.'s Spencer Fordin has the details.

Bluebird Banter - For Toronto Blue Jays Fans
Head over to BBB for a look at the Tigers' upcoming opponent.

AL Central In Focus: Here Comes Hosmer
Kansas City called up Eric Hosmer, who had a .439 / .525 OBP / .582 SLG line in Triple-A this season. The first baseman has above-average speed for his position too, Corey Ettinger notes.

Cleveland's Clock |
Twins writer John Bonnes says he doesn't want to hear about how the Indians have started the season, he's at least a month away from believing they're for real.

White Sox reach a new milestone, learn to stop trusting milestones - White Sox Observer
How bad did the White Sox start this season? Well, let's just say they hit a low point they haven't seen since a really low point a few years ago.

Slow start won't change Williams' approach | News
So does White Sox GM Kenny Williams worry about that? Not really. He won't change a thing,'s Scott Merkin writes.

"Listen, I think we can probably put together a team that would be a tick above .500 every year," Williams said. "But what the hell does that get you? It might help me keep my job longer or whatever, but it won't be satisfying." Indians outlast A's to claim series win
Meanwhile the Indians won another series, beating the A's 4-2 in 12 innings on Thursday. Their 21-9 start tied Cleveland's best 30-game start in the franchise's 111-year history.