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Detroit Tigers Links: No panic in Tigers fans & an apology to Jim Leyland

The Tigers are far from dead after losing Game 1 of the World Series, the mayors of Detroit and San Francisco altered the traditional wager between cities, and one author offers up an apology to Jim Leyland. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Christian Petersen

What, Tigers Fans Worry?
Motor City Bengals, Grant Stoye
This is a perfect way to sum up last night's game. It was a fluke. Move on. Win tonight and Detroit is still in the driver's seat heading back to Comerica.

New Jersey math professor says numbers project Tigers to win World Series, Cy Young, MVP
MLive, Brendan Savage

"Bukiet's method correctly predicted the Tigers would win the Central Division championship and beat the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Now, his calculations say the Tigers have a 58-percent chance of beating the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series and that they're most likely to do it in five games."

Mayors put a twist on tradition of the World Series wager
The Detroit News
I like this idea. Hopefully it catches on with more teams and cities in the future.

A Public Apology to Jim Leyland
The Detroit Tigers Weblog
I have a feeling that most fans went through this with Jim Leyland at some point this season.

Video: Tigers fans suggest roles for Jose Valverde
Detroit Free Press, Zlati Meyer
Freep trolling at its finest.

Game 4 start shows Tigers’ caution with Scherzer
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

"It all goes back to the shoulder. No matter what the results for Scherzer, and they’ve been increasingly positive since his return at the end of the regular season, the Tigers aren’t going to take a chance with it."

Justin Verlander and Barry Zito: Now and then
Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Sorry for the spoiler, but BARRY ZITO HAD A MULLET.

A brief history of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series
Baseball Nation, Al Yellon
Not a bad take from an impartial observer (except for those series involving the Chicago Cubs, that is).

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Alex Rodriguez will be New York Yankees' starting third baseman in 2013, Joe Girardi says
ESPN New York, Andrew Marchand
Expect him to be traded before 2012 is over.

Twins decline Matt Capps’ $6 million option for 2013
HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Capps could probably be had for a fairly cheap price this offseason. I wouldn't be entirely against seeing him in a Tigers uniform in 2013.