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Detroit Tigers Links: Ryan Raburn won't play everyday & R.A. Dickey's new baseball standard

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June 14, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood (30) is tagged out at second base by Detroit Tigers second baseman Ryan Raburn (25) in the fifth inning at Wrigley Field.
June 14, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood (30) is tagged out at second base by Detroit Tigers second baseman Ryan Raburn (25) in the fifth inning at Wrigley Field.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 34 29 .539 0 Lost 2
Cleveland 32 30 .516 1.5 Lost 3
Detroit 30 33 .476 4 Won 2
Kansas City 27 34 .442 6 Won 3
Minnesota 25 37 .403 8.5 Lost 2

(updated 6.14.2012 at 9:07 PM PDT)


Jim Leyland promises everyone that Ryan Raburn will not start at second everyday, the 20 greatest names in the Tigers organization, and R.A. Dickey continues to be brilliant. These stories and only a few others tossed in for good measure in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland says Ryan Raburn will not play every day: 'He's got to do something' -- MLive.com, Chris Iott
"Leyland: 'He's got to do something. Don't get me wrong. Because I know people probably think we're crazy.'"

What Types of Teams Make the Playoffs? -- Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
"With the Tigers having a sub-par season both offensively and defensively, there has been a lot of talk about what they need to do to get back on track for the playoffs. "

What the U.S. WBC roster could look like -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenield
"With the announcement that Joe Torre will manage Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, let's have a little fun and project who could form the 28-man squad next March."

"So Much Going On Right Now" For Tigers -- Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
"That's attributed to Jim Leyland - and you know what? He might be right. Things today are looking more like March than June for the Tigers."

20 Best Names in the Tigers Organization -- DesigNate Robertson
"Long live Furbush."

MLB declines Tigers' appeal of Justin Verlander's two earned runs vs. Reds -- Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
"The commissioner's office has declined the Tigers' appeal of the scorer's call that cost Justin Verlander two earned runs on Saturday in Cincinnati."

Around the AL Central:

Royals Come from Behind Second Time in Two Nights, Sweep Brew Crew -- Royals Review
"If ever one needed to ask oneself what speed do, the end of tonight's game proves as well as any that that is in fact what speed do."

Game 62: Reds 12, Indians 5 -- Let's Go Tribe
"Some days it is easy to love the Little Cowboy. Josh Tomlin goes up against the Miguel Cabreras and Joey Vottos of the world with marginal stuff and cast-iron courage. "

Cardinals 5, White Sox 3: Floyd isn't fixed -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"Another rough outing by Gavin Floyd resulted in another loss, and so the White Sox dropped an interleague road series for the first time since 2008."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Joe Torre to manage Team USA in World Baseball Classic -- HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
"Joe Torre has served as MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations since retiring as Dodgers manager in late 2010--with a brief break while he pursued ownership of the team--but the 71-year-old future Hall of Famer has decided to take on another managing gig."

R.A. Dickey's Brilliant Run -- Baseball Nation
"With every start, the Mets' knuckleballer establishes some new record or standard, for the Mets or for knuckleball pitchers generally."

‘That’s a clown question, bro’ has a megamix! -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
"Just when you thought that Matt Cain's perfect game had made it safe to venture back onto the Internet and/or resume asking clown questions ..."

Did Matt Cain throw greatest game ever? -- SweetSpot Blog , David Schoenfield
"Why do we check those West Coast box scores one last time? Because we do. Because we're lucky enough to be baseball fans, and obsessed enough to believe anything is possible."