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Detroit Tigers Links: Don Kelly plays the role of hero & Jim Leyland still supports Joaquin Benoit

Don Kelly is the hero of game two of the ALDS, Jim Leyland still fully supports Joaquin Benoit, and Mike Matheny's bullpen move proves costly. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Tigers links:

Risky strategy pays off in end for Tigers
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

After further review, here's a few second-guesses from Sunday's wild 5-4 Tigers victory over the Athletics in Game 2 of their playoff series at Comerica Park, including the one that ultimately paid off in the end.

Al Alburquerque kisses ball before throwing it to first, angering A’s (Video)
Big League Stew, David Brown

Hey, there's no kissing the baseball! Not while it's in play, anyway.

If Joaquin Benoit keeps this up, Tigers can't win World Series
Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp

When you’re up, two games to none, all is sunny if that’s all you choose to see. But there’s an impending rain cloud in the skies that only the blind can’t recognize.

Leyland supports Benoit, understands Berry questioning
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

When asked after Sunday’s 5-4 win over the A’s if he was concerned about Benoit, who gave up Josh Reddick’s go-ahead home run after Yoenis Cespedes stole two bases and scored on a wild pitch to tie it, Leyland said no.

Don Kelly strong enough to carry Prince Fielder, Tigers toward a 2-0 ALDS lead over A's
Yahoo! Sports, Les Carpenter

Don Kelly: True utility man.

BYB links:

Fanpost: BYB players of the year in 2012
One of two great FanPosts worth highlighting lately, here's a statistical look at how BYB player of the game votes went during the 2012 regular season

Fanpost: A quick guide to Tigers Internet fandom memes
New here? Just want to re-live the silly? JohnMoz compiles some of the strange quirks of being a Tigers fan on the Internet.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Mike Matheny's bullpen move doesn't pay off, Paul Hagen

Mike Matheny had three choices. The Cardinals were leading by one run, with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. The Nationals had runners on second and third, with right-hander Mitchell Boggs on the mound. Chad Tracy, a left-handed hitter, had been announced as the pinch-hitter.

Jim Tracy resigns as manager of Rockies
HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot

Sick of being left to twist in the wind, Jim Tracy resigned as manager of the Rockies on Sunday afternoon.

Everything you always wanted to know about the Infield Fly Rule*
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

Did a blown call really cost the Braves dearly in their losing effort against the Cardinals in the National League's first-ever Wild Card Game?