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Detroit Tigers Links: Jose Valverde nears return & Kevin Youkilis gets traded

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May 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jose Valverde (46) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Tigers won 10-6.
May 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jose Valverde (46) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Tigers won 10-6.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 38 34 .527 0 Won 2
Cleveland 37 34 .521 0.5 Lost 2
Detroit 35 37 .486 3 Won 1
Kansas City 31 39 .442 6 Lost 3
Minnesota 29 42 .408 8.5 Won 1

(updated 6.24.2012 at 8:40 PM PDT)


Jose Valverde is getting closer to his return to the Tigers bullpen, a bullpen that apparently has been one of the best in the league over the past month, and Kevin Youkilis gets traded to the White Sox. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Detroit Tigers spending too much time tipping their caps, not enough time producing runs -- MLive.com, Chris Iott
"Lack of production from four players who were expected to knock in 75 to 80 runs this season has been at the core of the Tigers' offensive issues."

Commentary: Obviously Tigers need upgrades, but help won't come cheap -- The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
"The distress within Detroit's clubhouse Saturday was practical. It is bewildering. And it is grave."

Tigers Need To Report Power Outage -- CBS Detroit, Greg Bowman
"When your power goes out, you probably call DTE Energy or Consumers to get it back on. The Tigers need to report a power outage of their own, but I don't think the utility company can help."

Valverde plays catch, nearing return -- MLB.com, Mark Emery
"Tigers fans hoping to see an appearance from closer Jose Valverde will likely have to wait at least until the team heads to Texas on Monday."

Tigers Bullpen Among Best in League Over Past Month -- Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
"The Tigers are continuing their battle to reach the .500 mark, but one facet of the team that seems to be improving is the bullpen."

Random Thoughts Following Interleague Play -- Motor City Bengals, Bryan Craves
"So Justin Verlander did what Justin Verlander does: comes in after a Tigers loss, becomes fairly dominant, and wins the game."

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 1, Brewers 0 (10 innings): One win, many victories -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"The White Sox won their first series since the start of the month in walk-off fashion, then confirmed a big-time trade for Kevin Youkilis."

Royals Swept by Cardinals, Best Fans in Baseball -- Royals Review
"Jonathan Sanchez almost managed to finish out the sixth inning, allowing just four hits while striking out three in 5.2 innings."

Game 71: Astros 7, Indians 1 -- Let's Go Tribe
"Perhaps I should just make up a boilerplate recap to deal with games like this."

Twins 4, Reds 3: Willingham's Ninth Inning Homer Lifts Minnesota to Series Victory -- Twinkie Town
"Twins take two of three from the Reds in Cincy, thanks to a strong outing from Diamond and a huge late-game homer from Willingham."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Baseball notes: Orioles release 49-year-old Jamie Moyer -- Detroit Free Press
"The Baltimore Orioles released 49-year-old Jamie Moyer on Saturday, parting ways with the crafty left-hander at his request."

Yankees may be in a position to build healthy lead -- The Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo
"The rest of the world is waiting for the Yankees to get old."

Youkilis Trade: Tigers Take -- Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
"By now you have all probably heard the trade news: the two pairs of Sox have made a trade between themselves - and Kevin Youkilis, the Greek God of Walks."