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Detroit Tigers Links: The Miguel Cabrera MVP debate continues & Max Scherzer could pitch this week

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The debate over Miguel Cabrera's MVP worthiness continues, Max Scherzer could pitch Wednesday if needed, and a look back at what we learned about baseball this season. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 86 73 .540 0 Won 2
Chicago 83 76 .522 3 Lost 2
Kansas City 71 88 .446 15 Lost 1
Cleveland 67 92 .421 19 Won 1
Minnesota 66 93 .415 20 Lost 2

(updated 9.30.2012 at 7:12 PM PDT)


Tigers links:

Mike Trout sure is a super rookie, but Miguel Cabrera is the MVP
The Detroit News, Jerry Green

"ESPN claims that Trout merits the MVP award - despite Cabrera's possible Triple Crown - on the basis of WAR. This is not the kind of war that Ted Williams fought in twice amidst his Triple Crown-style seasons."

Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander on Miguel Cabrera being MVP: 'Where would we be without him?'
MLive.com, Chris Iott

Verlander: "At this point, I think his case is made. I mean, we've got four games left and he's leading the league in Triple Crown categories."

Yaz, Cabrera and the Triple Crown
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

"My earliest memories of baseball are from the summer of 1967 when I was a four-year old boy growing up on Puffer Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. I was not a Tigers fan at the time or even a baseball fan yet, but I was slowly figuring out that baseball was about the most important thing in the universe."

Equating Triple Crown With MVP Is Ridiculous
Motor City Bengals, Matthew Snyder

But, I mean, is THAT ridiculous? Honestly?

Jeff Seidel: Tigers can't blow this now, right?
Detroit Free Press, Jeff Seidel

Is that a trick question?

Scherzer throws again, bullpen session Monday
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

"Max Scherzer threw again Sunday morning, this time a 10-minute session from about 100 feet and with all his pitches."

Around the AL Central:

Tigers 2, Twins 1: Fielder's 8th Inning Homer Ruins Great Start From Hendriks
Twinkie Town

"Liam Hendriks' great day was ruined late, but Joe Mauer closes the gap between himself and current leader in AL batting Miguel Cabrera."

Game 159: Indians 15, Royals 3
Let's Go Tribe

"These wins are coming way too late to make any difference in the 2012, but at least they're making watching the games fun"

Luke Oplakia Hochevar A Hero in Royals' 15 - 3 Loss
Royals Review

"If this is Luke Oplakia Hochevar's last start as a Royals, he went down a hero--his performance harkening back to a time in which the good of the whole was more important than that of the individual. Bravo, Luke Oplakia. Bravo."

Elsewhere in baseball:

The list: Worst MVP winners
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

"Let's take a quick look at worst MVP winners. There are many ways to look at this, but the easiest is to simply create a cutoff using Wins Above Replacement"

What we learned about baseball this season
Baseball Nation, Wendy Thurm

"A lot of things have happened in 2012, and we've got the things that shouldn't be soon forgotten."