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Detroit Tigers Links: Nick Castellanos Is an All-Star & Gerald Laird Is Not Heading to the DL

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AL Central Standings

Cleveland 36 32 .529 0 Won 3
Chicago 36 33 .521 0.5 Won 1
Detroit 34 35 .492 2.5 Won 1
Kansas City 31 36 .462 4.5 Won 2
Minnesota 27 41 .397 9 Lost 1

(updated 6.22.2012 at 5:49 AM EDT)

Gerald Laird says that his hamstring is fine, Nick Castellanos is one of two Tigers prospects heading to the Futures Game, and Austin Wood calls it quits at 25. These stories and a fed-up Big Papi in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers catcher Gerald Laird avoids disabled list: 'I'm good to go' - The Detroit News, Tom Gage
I'm still not sold that Laird is as OK as he says he is, but this is good news for the Tigers.

Detroit Tigers prospects Nick Castellanos, Bruce Rondon named to MLB All-Star Futures Game - MLive, James Schmehl
For those not following closely, Castellanos has a .273 average since being promoted to AA Erie this season.

Should the Tigers SELL? - Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
Unless you believe the adage "one man's trash is another man's treasure," the Tigers don't have much to sell this season.

Austin Wood retires from Tigers organization - Beck's Blog
Wood, a 2009 draftee, is just 25 years old. He had a 5.68 ERA for AAA Toledo this season.

Handle with caution - Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
The only thing this picture is missing is bubble wrap.

Ryan Raburn’s Big League Fate is Now In His Hands - Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
Basically, Raburn can't be optioned without his consent anymore.

Team Meeting: Dirtbags and A-holes - DesigNate Robertson
Any Gary Sheffield appearance (no matter how brief) = instant classic from Rogo.

Book Review: Extra Innings - Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
"Overall, this is a satisfying and thought-stoking release, with much of it coming from a different angle than you might be accustomed to given the heavy dependence in most sabermetric resources on statistics and formulas."

Around the AL Central:

Pirates Whip Twins 9-1, Take Series With Ease - Twinkie Town, Jon Marthaler
"Liam Hendriks made an impression in Triple-A, pitching dominantly at Rochester after his early-season demotion. Unfortunately, the righthander keeps making the wrong kind of impression in the major leagues."

Do You Want to Play Professional Baseball? The Odds Are You Will Be a Royal Soon - Royals Review
"The Royals have already used seventeen position players this season, and when Salvador Perez of the incredible Perezence returns, that will be 18."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Ortiz on playing for the Sox: 'It's starting to become the [bleep] hole it used to be' - CSN New England, Sean McAdam
Strong words from Big Papi, who is having a heck of a season for the Red Sox despite their current place in the standings.

Run Differential, Or Why Today's Standings Aren't Likely To Stick - Baseball Nation, Marc Normandin
This is nothing new for those familiar with Tokarz's Pythag rants from last season, but interesting nonetheless.

The top 25 single-game performances in MLB postseason history - ESPN
#1 is pretty obvious, but the rest of the list is a complete crapshoot.

It’s our national game, too - The Hardball Times, Dorothy Seymour Mills
"Women's baseball history is full of dramatic events and fascinating players. Changes occur every day. When women players refer to "what's happening in baseball," this is what they are talking about." Very interesting story, definitely worth the read.