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Detroit Tigers Links: Drew Smyly deserves spot in rotation & Andruw Jones gets arrested

Drew Smyly deserves the final spot in the rotation, the Tigers don't need late inning help in the bullpen, and Andruw Jones gets arrested early Christmas morning. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl. (Also, I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday!)


Drew Smyly, not Rick Porcello, deserves Tigers' last rotation spot
The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching

Making a commitment to Smyly and pursuing a trade of Porcello requires a rather large dose of confidence that he'll look a lot more like his first six starts than he did during the next set.

Pitcher Victor Larez could be sleeper for Tigers in 2014
Detroit Free Press, George Sipple

Right-hander Victor Larez may not want 2012 to end considering how well he has pitched.

Detroit Tigers Don’t Really Need Late Inning Bullpen Help
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

It’s never a problem to have too many bullpen arms to throw at opponents, but the Tigers don’t need another one (and perhaps don’t even have much space for one) until they see what Rondon can or can’t do in the major leagues.

Happy Holidays from Roar of the Tigers
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

Triple Crown? Or one very fancy crown and two festive holiday hats? Given the season I think we can all figure out the appropriate answer to that question.

Your ignorant Jack Morris quote of the day
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

All of these now, it seems, come with required name-calling. But sure, it's the anti-Jack Morris types who lack civility and all of that jazz.

"Sparky & Al" from April 8, 1984
The Daily Fungo, Mike McClary

Here’s the WDIV "Tigers ’84″ segment with Eli Zaret from April 8, 1984, the day after Jack Morris‘s no-hitter against the White Sox.

Elsewhere in baseball:

My favorite baseball stories of 2012, Tom Verducci

To mark the passing of another eventful year of championships, triumphs and memorable moments,'s writers are remembering the stories they connected to most across the sports landscape in 2012.

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado rose to stardom on Sept. 12
ESPN, Molly Knight

In ESPN The Magazine, Molly Knight writes about how on Sept. 12, the Orioles' Manny Machado proved he'd be the next big baseball star.

Andruw Jones arrested, charged with battery
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Way to kill our holiday vibe, Andruw Jones.