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Detroit Tigers Links: Top Pick Jake Thompson Will Sign With Team & Unbridled Optimism Reigns Free

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AL Central Standings

Chicago 33 27 .550 0 Lost 1
Cleveland 32 27 .542 0.5 Won 1
Detroit 28 32 .466 5 Won 2
Kansas City 24 34 .413 8 Lost 4
Minnesota 24 35 .406 8.5 Lost 1

(updated 6.11.2012 at 10:54 PM EDT)

Top pick Jake Thompson will sign with the team, the fanbase is in delirium, and the team is requesting that Delmon Young's mishap be ruled an error. These stories and not much else (it was a slow day yesterday) in today's Morning Prowl.

Detroit Tigers ask MLB to overturn ruling on ball Delmon Young misplayed Saturday against Reds - MLive, Chris Iott
"If the Tigers win their appeal, the two runs the Reds scored in the fourth inning Saturday would be changed from earned to unearned, and Justin Verlander would see his ERA fall from 2.69 to 2.50." Sorry we're not sorry, Delmon.

Tigers' top draft pick Jake Thompson will sign contract, pass on college - The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
More Henning, more draft coverage. With all of the concerns about how the new draft rules would affect spending on high school players, it's nice to see that the Tigers' top pick will be in the system this year.

Two In A Row! Time For Optimism - Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
Basically, what I've been saying for about a month now is coming to fruition.

Off Day Musings for the Leisured Fan - Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
It's amazing what 2 wins in a row before an off day does to this fanbase. It really is.

Detroit Tigers are overcoming injuries to hang in AL Central race - ESPN Insider, Buster Olney
Subscription required with this one, but the last time I linked an Olney column, it resulted in a t-shirt arms race.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Mark Prior is pitching well at Triple-A for the Red Sox - HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Relax, it's just three innings of work. Although with how banged up their rotation has been, I don't blame the Red Sox for trying.

Cuban Outfielder Jorge Soler Signs With Cubs - Bleed Cubbie Blue, Josh Timmers
Nine years, $30 million for Soler. A bit of a risky move on his part, taking a deal that long, but he didn't have the same bidding war that Yoenis Cespedes did.

Bill Murray entertains crowd with tarp routine during minor league rain delay - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
He's no Todd Jones (who is no Magglio Ordonez), but Murray's routine is definitely worth watching.

Will Tim Lincecum's Luck Ever Turn? - Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
To answer briefly: not enough that I'd want Dave Dombrowski to trade for him at the deadline.