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Detroit Tigers Links: Justin Verlander's imperfection & Delmon Young as 'Mr. October'

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Justin Verlander is good at baseball (in case you needed reminding), Delmon Young is arguably Detroit's postseason MVP, and the decline of Alex Rodriguez. These stories and lots of Jose Valverde memes in today's Morning Prowl.

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Tigers links:

Tigers’ Justin Verlander Is Imposing but Not Perfect
NYTimes.com, David Waldstein

Well, then imperfection looks awfully good on him.

Delmon Young: Detroit's Mr. October?
StarTribune.com, Cody Christie

For those wearing a Detroit jersey, Delmon Young stands alone on top of the leader board for most long balls when the games matter the most.

Jose Valverde Memes: Detroit Tigers Closer Becomes Internet Sensation After Two Blown Saves
The Huffington Post

I should be ashamed in myself for linking to this, right?

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski earns an A for another trade
The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching

Kurt's News article from yesterday in case you missed it.

Detroit Tigers: Where Does Their Home Field Advantage Come From?
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum

It comes down to the fact that Tigers fans are the best in the league. Period.

Phil Coke leads to victory and other oddities.
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

Phil Coke cartoons. Enough said.

Elsewhere in baseball:

The decline of Alex Rodriguez
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Can we stop with the A-Rod drama? He's aging, people. A decline in talent is a somewhat natural process. Let's move on.

Slideshow! 10 great photos of old-school takeouts
Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk

One of the only good byproducts to come from this Matt Holliday-Marco Scutaro takeout slide kerfluffle is that it has sent the baseball blogosphere in search of old confrontations that were even more ridiculous than Holliday's approach into second base on Monday night.

Revisiting the rules on takeout slides
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

What's acceptable when a runner is trying to break up a double play? Matt Holliday used a sharpened toothbrush handle to shank Marco Scutaro in Game 2, so let's take a look.