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Detroit Tigers Links: Tigers could face Texas Rangers in ALDS & more opinions on Miguel Cabrera winning MVP

The Detroit Tigers could face the Texas Rangers in the ALDS, Paul Konerko thinks Miguel Cabrera is this year's MVP, and Fox finally smartens up and ends out-of-market blackouts for 2014. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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AL Central Standings

Detroit 87 74 .540 0 Lost 1
Chicago 84 77 .521 3 Lost 1
Kansas City 72 89 .447 15 Won 1
Cleveland 68 93 .422 19 Won 1
Minnesota 66 95 .409 21 Lost 4

(updated 10.2.2012 at 7:52 PM PDT)

Tigers links:

Tigers look like dangerous playoff team
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

They really, really do.

Texas Rangers Might Not Be A Completely Horrible ALDS Matchup After All
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

But, but, but ... Nelson Cruz. Horrible, painful memories.

Paul Konerko: Tigers' Miguel Cabrera is the 'best in the world' right now
Detroit Free Press, Brian Manzullo

Is it just me, or does it seem like most players and coaches have Cabrera for MVP and most sports writers and a lot fans have Trout? I feel like that means something.

ESPN's Jayson Stark: Mike Trout for MVP, Justin Verlander for Cy Young
Detroit Free Press, Brian Manzullo

As I was saying ...

Rookies on the Playoff Teams: Detroit Tigers
Minor League Ball, John Sickels

A look at rookies and prospects who played for the Detroit Tigers in 2012.

There's no easy path, but Tigers would prefer Orioles in first round
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

High-road analysts will say about the Tigers' upcoming first-round playoff foe that it doesn't matter, you need to beat two good teams to get to the World Series.

Ex-Tigers skipper Larry Parrish named manager at West Michigan
The Detroit News, Tony Paul

Because the farm system matters, too.

Tigers are AL Central champs, thanks to a little mantis magic.
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

Samara posts make me happy.

Sack o’ Mail v2.0
Brain Matters

"Is there a better team in pool chicken than Cabby or Prince's shoulders?" These are the kind of questions that matter, folks.

Early guess at Tigers playoff roster
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

I know he hasn't been great the last few starts, but it will be hard to not see Rick Porcello on the roster.

Around the AL Central:

Indians 4, White Sox 3: Peavy's potential farewell fitting
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Jake Peavy pitched beautifully through eight innings, but he couldn't finish what he started and ended up with nothing to show for it.

Blue Jays 4, Twins 3: Twins Lose Game Almost No One Cares About
Twinkie Town

Joe Mauer went 0 for 3 tonight, taking himself out of the AL Batting Title race, and Anthony Swarzak didn't have his best fifth-spot-start of the season as the Blue Jays beat the Twins in a game almost no one cared about.

Albert Belle wants to manage the Indians
Big League Stew, David Brown

Belle has not aged well. Like at all.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Did not calling up Mike Trout earlier cost the Angels a playoff spot?
HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman

Lost in Mike Trout's historic rookie season and the heated AL MVP debate is that the Angels didn't call him up from Triple-A until April 28 and will likely end up missing the playoffs by 2-3 games.

Fox-TV ending Saturday out-of-market blackouts in 2014
Baseball Nation, Al Yellon

It's. About. Damn. Time.

Head Games: The Other Thing R.A. Dickey Does Well
Baseball Prospectus, Will Woods

R.A. Dickey will make his final start of the season tonight. You know how good he's been at retiring batters, but you might not know about something else he excels at.

Mariners to shrink Safeco Field dimensions in '13
The Seattle Times, Tim Booth

Welp, that's one way to fix an offense