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Detroit Tigers Links: Drew Smyly's domination & Tiger Stadium memories

April 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) pitches in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park.
April 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) pitches in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park.

AL Central Standings

Detroit 10 6 .625 0 Lost 1
Chicago 9 6 .600 0.5 Won 3
Cleveland 8 6 .571 1 Lost 1
Minnesota 5 11 .312 5 Lost 2
Kansas City 3 12 .200 6.5 Lost 10

(updated 4.22.2012 at 7:53 PM PDT)

Drew Smyly continues to dominate after just two starts in the big leagues, Jerry Green shares his memories of the great Tiger Stadium, and Baseball Nation ranks managers' knowledge of Coachella. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Tigers Rookie Starter Dominates Texas Rangers, Tigers Veteran Offense Laughs in his Face -- Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
"Alas, Drew Smyly pitched the best out of all four pitchers, so take that people! You all know what happens when you ass-u-me things." Tee-hee.

Jerry Green shares his memories of Tiger Stadium -- The Detroit News, Jerry Green
This is perfect ... as was Tiger Stadium.

Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford tosses ceremonial first-pitch strike before Detroit Tigers' finale --, James Schmehl
"Sign him! Can't be any worse than Thad Weber, right? Amirite? Oh, and fire Jim Leyland while you're at it." -- Irrational Tigers fan

Individual Tiger Memories -- DesigNate Robertson
I love this. And it's so very true.

Roster Roundup: Byrd is the word? -- SweetSpot Blog, Christina Kahrl
No real Tigers news in here, but the Miguel Cabrera/Prince Fielder "Photo of the Day" at the end is pretty awesome. Won't get tired of those two. Ever. So deal with it.

Justin Verlander’s Ninth Inning Heat -- FanGraphs Baseball, Bill Petti
The headline is pretty self explanatory. But, beyond that, Petti compares Verlander to CC Sabathia and Felix Hernandez.

Rick Porcello: What Went Wrong -- Motor City Bengals, Garret Craig
Great analysis into Porcello's start on Saturday, which didn't exactly go as planned. Craig believes it was partly due to his abandonment of the four-seam fastball. Was it that? Was it because he didn't pitch inside aggressively? Thoughts?

Awesome GIF courtesy of Rob after the jump. (Make sure you click on the image. For some reason it's not working otherwise.)


Around the AL Central:

Rays 6, Twins 2: Liriano's Control and Mechanics Continue to Hold Him Back -- Twinkie Town
"Twins lose second game in a row, drop series to Rays in Tampa Bay."

Tíz is Hungarian for Ten -- Royals Review
"Your best source for quality Kansas City Royals news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective."

White Sox 7, Mariners 4: Not perfect, but Sox still sweep -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"The White Sox notched their first comeback victory of the season, beating the Mariners for the eighth straight time at Safeco Field."

Game 14: Athletics 5, Indians 1 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians dropped the final game of their 9-game road trip, losing 5-1 to Oakland. A recap of the action."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Ranking Managers' Knowledge Of Coachella -- Baseball Nation
"Jim Leyland. He loves the newer music out these days, like Bruce Hornsby and the Range." Yeeees!

Roy Halladay walks three straight for first time in 10,000-plus career batters -- Big League Stew, David Brown
So this Roy Halladay fellow. He's pretty good at baseball, eh?

The Boston Red Sox's issues shouldn't be blamed on Bobby Valentine -- ESPN, Buster Olney
But that's no fun. Isn't everything the manager's fault? (Subscription needed)