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Detroit Tigers Links: Justin Verlander's Giving Nature and Prince Fielder Is Baseball's Current Iron Man

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May 16, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) hits a fly ball out to center field in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
May 16, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) hits a fly ball out to center field in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Cleveland 21 16 .567 0 Won 3
Detroit 18 19 .486 3 Lost 1
Chicago 17 21 .447 4.5 Lost 2
Kansas City 15 21 .416 5.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 11 26 .297 10 Won 1

(updated 5.17.2012 at 8:07 AM EDT)


Justin Verlander donated a lot of money to charity, Prince Fielder leads the majors in consecutive games played, and Brett Lawrie gets suspended for 4 games. These stories and an unfortunate anniversary for Ty Cobb in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers' Verlander gives $45K to veterans from 'Fastball Flakes' proceeds - The Detroit News, Tony Paul
"Every once in awhile, Justin Verlander will sneak into a Metro Detroit Meijer and pick up 20 or 30 boxes of Fastball Flakes, the cereal he's been pitching since February." Now I'm curious. Is he eating all of this cereal? Donating it to charity? Giving it to Taco Bell employees in exchange for his tomato-free pregame meal?

Tigers' Prince Fielder Is Now MLB's Iron Man With 217 Straight Games Played - SB Nation Detroit, James Brady
According to Shannon Hogan during last night's broadcast, Prince's streak would be at 500+ games had he not missed a game in 2010 because both he and his children had the flu.

Jackson leaves with mild abdominal strain - Beck's Blog
"Jackson is listed as day-to-day." This is one of those nagging injuries that might keep Jackson's effectiveness at the plate limited for a while, but it shouldn't impact his defense.

Centennial anniversary: Ty Cobb beats up a cripple - The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe
As mentioned earlier in the comments, Tuesday was the 100 year anniversary of one of Ty Cobb's infamous (if regrettable) moments.

Miguel Cabrera Is Here to Hit Baseballs and Chew Bubble Gum... and He's All Out of Bubble Gum - Detroit4lyfe, Rob Rogacki
This is probably the best headline that I have ever written. I posted the same .gif at Walkoff Woodward, so be sure to check it out there too.

Tigers And The 2012 Draft - Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
A quick summary of the new draft process and how it impact the Tigers. Summary: don't expect much.

Detroit Tigers prospect Andy Oliver strikes out nine, continues to impress in Toledo - MLive, James Schmehl
A couple of days ago, I would have said that the Tigers don't have any issues in their rotation. While I would still take Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello over Oliver, it's nice to see Andy pitching well.

Around the AL Central:

Royals Lose 4-3 in 15 As Broxton Blows Save Chance - Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
Well, at least the Oakland A's aren't falling back to oblivion just yet. Now if they could just beat Cleveland...

Angels 7, White Sox 2: Floyd can't finish - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"After Jake Peavy's first bad start of the season, it was time for Gavin Floyd to regress to the mean." This is what I get for taking Floyd in Pick 6 yesterday.

Game 37: Indians 9, Mariners 3 - Let's Go Tribe
"Tonight we had a role reversal. Not quite, as Jimenez wasn't exactly Felix Hernandez on his normal days. But Hernandez was definitely Jimenez on one his worse days."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Brett Lawrie receives four-game suspension, fined for ‘aggressive actions’ toward umpire - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
I'm a little surprised at how brief this suspension was. Intentional or not, the fact that Lawrie's helmet made contact with umpire Bill Miller is a huge no-no in the MLB. I don't mean to condone Lawrie's actions, but he should have been on first base.

A Miracle Squared: Celebrating The Greatness Of Bo Jackson - SBNation, Jon Bois & Bomani Jones
Obligatory link for anything involving Bo Jackson.

Brandon Inge’s Second Rare Feat - FanGraphs, Wendy Thurm
His third feat? Heading to the disabled list.

Pirates fans attack a PNC park security guard and police officer; guard loses a finger - HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
This is one of the oddest headlines I've seen in weeks. Regardless, don't let this stop you from catching a game in Pittsburgh when the Tigers are there in June (or at any point, if you're in the area).