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Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera Wins the Triple Crown & the Oakland A's Win the AL West

Miguel Cabrera wins the Triple Crown, the Oakland A's won the AL West and will face the Tigers in the ALDS, and the Boston Red Sox have decided to fire Bobby Valentine. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Miguel Cabrera dons well-won Triple Crown
ESPN SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

"Admittedly, there’s a litany of nouveau smart arguments lined up to chip away at what Miggy’s done, and that’s sort of sad -- sabermetrics really should be enlisted for better purposes than to try and add a Nelson Muntz-like "ha-HA!" to the end of an achievement. "

How to project the Tigers playoff roster
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
Leyland has given us the ratio: 11 pitchers, 14 hitters. From there, it's anyone's guess who will make the cut.

A crowning achievement! Miguel Cabrera wins baseball's first Triple Crown in 45 years
MLive, James Schmehl
I, for one, loved how confused Cabrera looked when Leyland took him out of the game last night.

Verlander Needs To Step Up This Post-Season
Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
Between being an overworked rookie in 2006 and being tossed around by Mother Nature last year, something tells me that we will see a very different Verlander in the postseason this year.

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera clinches Triple Crown, tips cap to Kansas City crowd
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
A very underrated part of last night's game was the classy ovation that the Kansas City crowd gave to Cabrera.

Around the AL Central:

Game 162: White Sox 9, Indians 0
Let's Go Tribe

"If not for the late-inning heroics in the ninth inning last night, the White Sox would have limited the Indians to 1 run over the three-game set."

White Sox 9, Indians 0: Leave them wanting more
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
Dan Johnson = Mr. Game 162.

The Time is Now: Moving Joe Mauer from Catcher
Twinkie Town
An interesting take on a topic that will probably get pretty annoying towards the end of the offseason.

Royals Repeat History, Finish Season with a 1-0 Loss, Lose 90 Games, Generally Just Disappoint
Royals Review

"The game was about as exciting as the presidential debate."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Athletics Nation
In case you didn't hear, the Tigers will be playing the Oakland A's in the first round. Be prepared to hear much more from Athletics Nation in the next few days.

Teddy in 2012: Long drought is over in DC, Mike Fiammetta
In related news, the mascot race at Nationals games is once again irrelevant.

Brandon McCarthy could pitch in the postseason
HardballTalk, Drew Silva
While I would not look forward to facing him, it would be truly amazing if he were able to come back and pitch against the Tigers in this series.

Red Sox intend to fire Valentine when season ends
CBS Sports, Jon Heyman
He would never do it, but I wouldn't mind seeing Terry Francona back in the dugout for the Sox.