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Detroit Tigers Links: Alex Avila to Begin a Rehab Assignment & Quintin Berry Settles In

June 5, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (13) bats in the third inning against the Cleveland Indiansat Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
June 5, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (13) bats in the third inning against the Cleveland Indiansat Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

AL Central Standings

Chicago 35 31 .530 0 Lost 1
Cleveland 33 32 .507 1.5 Lost 2
Detroit 32 34 .484 3 Won 2
Kansas City 29 35 .453 5 Won 1
Minnesota 26 39 .400 8.5 Won 1

(updated 6.17.2012 at 9:46 PM EDT)

Alex Avila is beginning a rehab assignment today, Quintin Berry is right where he should be, and the debate over Ryan Braun's MVP credentials rages on. These stories and another awesome Samara cartoon in today's Morning Prowl.

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila to begin injury rehab assignment Monday - MLive, James Schmehl
As well as Gerald Laird and Bryan Holaday have filled in (especially over the last two games), getting Avila back is another huge step for this team.

Quintin Berry Is In the Right Role Now - Walkoff Woodward, Cameron Scott
Topic of debate: was yesterday's 5-hit game a sign that Berry should be playing everyday or proof that this theory of using him sparingly is valid?

Action Jackson vs. The Evil Ivy - Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
It's a series late, but still too awesome to miss.

The Tigers Need… - FanGraphs Baseball, Mat Klaassen keep playing like they have over their past 10 games. The rotation definitely hasn't been as bad as this particular writer would like you to believe (notice that there is not one mention of FIP or any other advanced pitching metrics).

Tigers' Doug Fister feels fine, a big relief to Jim Leyland - The Detroit News, Tom Gage
Let's hope it stays this way throughout the week.

Don’t Fear The Keeper: Why It’s OK to Root for Quintin Berry - The Wizard of Woodward
The phrase "Hipster Tiger" is also known as "the Backup Quarterback Phenomenon."

Circus Music: Rockies miscues turn Miguel Cabrera grounder into Little League home run - Big League Stew, Mark Townsend
I've watched this at least 10 times in the past two days. It's just that good.

Around the AL Central:

Game 65: Pirates 9, Indians 5 - Let's Go Tribe
"I'd call this type the Throttled Comeback loss. It's a loss where you briefly have designs on a comeback, only to have the opposition blow the game open as soon as the front-end reliever enters the game." I'd go with "The Schlereth."

Dodgers 2, White Sox 1: Unappealing decisions - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"Then again, one could argue Quintana's shutout effort needed an asterisk thanks to a blown call by Jerry Meals." Been there, done that. At least Meals is spreading the love.

Royals Win Interminable 15 Inning Marathon, Destroying Bullpen and Getz En Route to 5 - 3 Win - Royals Review
"In the top of the ninth, with two outs and two strikes against him, one William Ray Butler hung dong most majestically to knot things up."

Span's Single Gives Twins Walkoff Victory Against Brewers In the 15th - Twinkie Town
"Alex Burnett, Jared Burton, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, Jeff Gray, and an exhausted Anthony Swarzak combined to throw nine...NINE...shutout innings"

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Matt Cain blasts one into McCovey Cove ... with a golf club -
Something tells me that Giants manager Bruce Bochy is going to let Cain golf more often if he pitches like he did the day of this swing.

Ryan Braun is putting up MVP numbers, creating a dilemma for voters - ESPN Insider, Buster Olney
Buster went there, so we will too. Even if he is the clear favorite at the end of the season, does Braun deserve to win the MVP this year? [ESPN Insider subscription required for the full article]

Matt Holliday has a mystery ailment - HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
It sounds like Holliday may miss some time in the upcoming series, which would be a welcome sight for the Tigers' pitching staff.

Brad Lidge Designated For Assignment By Nationals - Baseball Nation, Nick Fasulo
No, we should not sign him.