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Detroit Tigers Links: Alex Avila Starts Rehab Assignment & Drew Smyly Is "Good to Go"

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May 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Brad Eldred (34) hits a double during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park.  Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
May 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Brad Eldred (34) hits a double during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Cleveland 35 32 .522 0 Won 2
Chicago 35 33 .514 0.5 Lost 3
Detroit 33 34 .492 2 Won 3
Kansas City 30 36 .454 4.5 Won 1
Minnesota 26 40 .393 8.5 Lost 1

(updated 6.20.2012 at 6:13 AM EDT)


Alex Avila starts his rehab assignment, Drew Smyly says he's ready to pitch, and Brad Eldred is heading to Japan. These stories and the beginning of rosterbation season in today's Morning Prowl.

Alex Avila Injury: Catcher Plays First Game With Mud Hens - SB Nation Detroit, James Herbert
Avila's return to action wasn't impressive, but he's more focused on getting back into a good rhythm before getting the call-up later this week.

Detroit Tigers' Drew Smyly throws first bullpen session since going on DL, says finger is healed - MLive, Chris Iott
Smyly says he's "good to go." I said it before and I'll say it again, this DL move was about more than just his finger.

Trade Target: Dexter Fowler - Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
Rosterbation season is here, and we've finally found a name I'm interested in.

Departing slugger Brad Eldred grateful for shot with Tigers - The Detroit News, Tony Paul
Eldred signed with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan, saying the move was "right for his family."

Tigers' Phil Coke wants only one thing: to get into the game - Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
"If Coke had his way, he would break the Tigers' record for games for a pitcher in a season -- 88, by lefties Mike Myers (1997) and Sean Runyan (1998)."

National Coney Island - Facebook
National Coney Island is holding a contest for fans of their Facebook page. The grand prize includes tickets to the July 2nd game against the Kansas City Royals, a baseball signed by Justin Verlander, and more.

Shades of Gray (Not the Dirty Book) - DesigNate Robertson
"Why are Tiger fans incapable of acting like we’re all on the same side? Or at least talk to each other like adults when they disagree?"

Around the AL Central:

Game 67: Indians 3, Reds 2 - Let's Go Tribe
"Last week, Aroldis Chapman gave up his first home run of the year to Jose Lopez, but it didn't have an effect on the outcome of the game. His second one did."

Cubs 2, White Sox 1: Sox can't win on Peavy's guts alone - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"The White Sox only advanced one runner as far as second base over the last six innings."

Pirates 7, Twins 2: Offense Can't Get Going; Pitching Shaky Again - Twinkie Town
"It's starting to look like the Twins' annual June hot-streak might be coming to an end."

Hochevar Forgot Who He Was and Leads Royals to 2-0 Win - Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
"Luke goes 7 and 2/3 innings giving up no runs. And he got a hit. Good job Luke."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Orioles’ Showalter credits umpire more than R.A. Dickey for one-hitter - Big League Stew, David Brown
"O's right-hander Jake Arrieta just came out and spat the truth: 'Personally, I think [Dickey] is the best pitcher in the game right now.'" Over the past few weeks, I'd agree. Dickey has been unhittable.

Rockies go radical: Four-man rotation, 75-pitch limit - HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
I highly doubt that this is going to revolutionize baseball in any way, but I like Jim Tracy's idea of minimizing his team's greatest weakness, which is starting pitching.

Roy Oswalt Getting Closer, Making More Sense For The Rangers - Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
I'm setting the over/under for Oswalt's call-up to the majors at 5 days. If I were a betting man, I'd take the under.