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Detroit Tigers Links: The Trade Market for Second Base & Drew Smyly's Rehab Start

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AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Cleveland 36 32 .529 0 Won 3
Chicago 36 33 .521 0.5 Won 1
Detroit 33 35 .485 3 Lost 1
Kansas City 31 36 .462 4.5 Won 2
Minnesota 27 40 .402 8.5 Won 1

(updated 6.21.2012 at 5:25 AM EDT)


Jose Valverde will miss some time with a sprained wrist, Drew Smyly is set to make a rehab start today, and Jim Leyland supports Roger Clemens. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Detroit Tigers' Drew Smyly to make injury rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Thursday - MLive, James Schmehl
Smyly said that he was "good to go" on Tuesday. It appears that the Tigers agree. He will probably be limited to 3-4 innings in order to build up a callous on his finger where the blister occurred.

Roger Clemens still has Jim Leyland's firm support - The Detroit News, Tom Gage
Leyland doesn't think that players from the steroid era should be held to a higher standard by the Hall of Fame. Conspiracy theorists out there will be interested to see that he doesn't specifically mention steroids, however.

Evaluating the Trade Market: Second Base - Walkoff Woodward, Grey Papke
Summary for everyone: either he's not very good or too expensive.

Justin Verlander And Situations - Baseball Nation, Jeff Sullivan
Not surprisingly, JV ups the gas when there are runners on base. He has actually been slightly worse in these situations, but this is still Verlander we're talking about here.

Tigers Minor League All-Star Team - Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
If you're looking for obscure names to overrate beyond all belief heading up to the trade deadline, this list is for you.

What’s a win without a Potato? - Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
I don't even know what to write about Samara's posts anymore. There's nothing I can say to make them any more awesome than they already are.

Daniel Schlereth To Resume Throwing In Near Future - SB Nation Detroit, Matt Brigidi
Oh.

Around the AL Central:

Twins 2, Pirates 1: Liriano, Willingham Come Up Big in Pittsburgh - Twinkie Town
"Liriano's 6 2/3 innings pitched very much kept the Twins in the game; the former ace only gave up one earned run, allowing just four hits and walking only two."

White Sox 7, Cubs 0: Floyd rights ship, Sox avoid sweep - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"After a pair of poorly played games, the threat of a crosstown sweep at the hands of the lowly Cubs died quietly tonight."

Game 68: Indians 8, Reds 1 - Let's Go Tribe
Justin Masterson threw a complete game three-hitter for the Indians.

Royals Win 2-1 Nail Biter - Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
Bruce Chen continued his up-and-down season by giving up one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Rays’ ‘Turn Back the Clock’ uniforms want to party like it’s 1979 - Big League Stew, David Brown
Mark your calendars: June 30th will be a day you will want to rely on Dan and Jim for your Tigers baseball. These Tampa Bay Rays' "throwback" uniforms make the old Houston Astros jerseys (you know which ones) look like our home whites.

ERA leader Brandon Beachy to have Tommy John surgery - HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
This is a huge loss for the Atlanta Braves. Beachy is currently leading the National League with a 2.00 ERA and has held a middling pitching staff together all season long.

Bill Murray, The Best Boss In Baseball - SB Nation, Amy K. Nelson
Bill Murray co-owns a minor league baseball team, which automatically qualifies him as being the best boss in baseball. Amy K. Nelson, as usual, does a phenomenal job of profiling Murray's new life.

Side note: the picture in the above post reminds me of Murray's cameo in Zombieland.