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Detroit Tigers Links: Drew Smyly's debut & Mike Ilitch's mission

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DETROIT, MI - APRIL 12: Drew Smyly #33 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in his major league debut in the first inning during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park on April 12, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 12: Drew Smyly #33 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in his major league debut in the first inning during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park on April 12, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.

AL Central Standings

Detroit 5 1 .833 0 Won 1
Chicago 3 2 .600 1.5 Won 2
Kansas City 3 3 .500 2 Lost 1
Minnesota 2 4 .333 3 Won 2
Cleveland 1 4 .200 3.5 Lost 2

(updated 4.12.2012 at 9:07 PM PDT)

Drew Smyly's major league debut was nothing to scoff at; Mike Ilitch doesn't just want a world championship, he wants to rebuild Detroit; and photographic evidence appears of the one and only "StrasBurger." These stories and all the StrasBurgers you can eat in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch driven to rebuild Detroit --, Bob Nightengale
These kinds of articles never get old to me, even if we see one every day. I can't help it, I'm a big softie.

Verlander learning 24 wins won't be easy -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"As for Verlander, batters are hitting .107 off him through two starts. And he's 0-1." My word.

Drew Smyly’s Day on the Mound -- Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
Worn breaks down Smyly's debut in the big leagues. And by all accounts it was a pretty decent one.

Thoughts on Tigers First Week -- Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
"Meanwhile, the bullpen has been generally shaky with Valverde the biggest source of anxiety so far." Wrong. Everything that goes wrong in the bullpen is Daniel Schlereth's fault. Period. End of discussion. Don't try to argue with me.

Why One Game Matters -- Motor City Bengals, Sam Genson
Getting upset about a loss -- regardless of when it is in the season -- should be perfectly acceptable. However, calling for the head of Jim Leyland and saying the Tigers season is over because of one loss in April, is not.

Sure, the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder are great, but the whole lineup is strong -- FOX Sports, Jon Morosi
Man, I seriously love this team. And if you didn't think it were possible to love the Cabrera-Fielder combo anymore -- read this.

Tigers were ‘quietly interested’ in Rodney -- Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery
Words fail me.

Finishing touch eludes Tigers' Justin Verlander in loss -- Detroit Free Press, Michael Rosenberg
"The numbers went up on the scoreboard in leftfield: 98 miles per hour. Then 100. In the ninth inning. They were the markings of a supremely talented pitcher. They also were his undoing." Dun, dun, dun.

Around the AL Central:

Twins 10, Angels 9: Mauer, Morneau, Willingham Homer as Minnesota Takes Series -- Twinkie Town
"Twins explode with power as they take game three from the Angels to win the series. Mauer and Morneau homer in the same game for the first time in nearly two years."

Indians, Johnny Damon agree to one-year, $1.25 million deal -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
Mrs. Damon is going love Cleveland.

Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau homer in the same game for first time since July 2010 -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Is it OK to be a Tigers fan and still say I'm happy for the two of them? No? Well I am anyway.

Know Thy Enemy: 2012 Chicago White Sox -- DesigNate Robertson
Another day, another Rogo article that makes me giggle. In this case, it's while he breaks down the Chicago White Sox.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Jeff Gray and the absurdity of pitcher "wins" -- HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Duane Below probably has an opinion on this, too.

Former Phillies star Pat Burrell set to sign 1-day deal and retire with the organization -- The Washington Post
I love stuff like this.

Should Giants be worried about Lincecum? -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
And you thought people were bad after the Tigers first loss of the season. Tim Lincecum has lost two games -- granted, in fairly terrible fashion -- and he's now being called the worst pitcher in the history of the game. OK, I made that part up.

Behold: 10,000 calories and 59 dollars of The StrasBurger -- HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Rarely do I ever pass up the opportunity to talk about food. Or link to articles where others talk about food. Or look at pictures of food that people have talked about. Or .... Food.