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Detroit Tigers Links: Max Scherzer speaks out & Omar Vizquel will retire

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PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23:  Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers sits in the dugout after pitching only days after hit brother died against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 23, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers sits in the dugout after pitching only days after hit brother died against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 23, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 39 35 .527 0 Won 1
Cleveland 37 36 .506 1.5 Lost 4
Detroit 36 38 .486 3 Lost 1
Kansas City 33 39 .458 5 Won 2
Minnesota 30 43 .410 8.5 Lost 1

(updated 6.26.2012 at 8:25 PM PDT)


Max Scherzer addresses the death of his brother, Alex, before Tuesday's game; 40 years ago, a Detroit pitcher flirted with a no-hitter; and Omar Vizquel announces that he'll retire at the end of the 2012 season. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl

Tigers links:

Tigers' Max Scherzer: Brother 'made world a better place' -- The Detroit News, Tom Gage
This story just gets even more heartbreaking with each article I read about it. So, so sad.

40th anniversary: Near no-hitter in debut -- The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe
"40 years ago today, a Detroit pitcher flirted with a no-hitter in his big league debut: Bill Slayback. No, he never did amount to much, but for 20-some outs he sure looked promising."

Walkoff Woodward: Jim Leyland’s dirtbag remarks can apply to front office, too -- Detroit Free Press, Josh Worn
As Rob mentioned yesterday, Doc had his first DFP article published. Go check it out and give him some support!

Who's the Tigers' Youkilis? -- The Daily Fungo, Mike McClary
Sorry, I don't get the love for Matt Garza. I just don't think he's worth it.

Breaking Down Tigers’ Offense by Order and Position -- Motor City Bengals, Garret Craig
"I’ll attempt to pinpoint where they’ve struggled by taking a look at batting order and defensive position splits to see what areas they most need to address at the July 31st trade deadline."

Victor Martinez could provide big lift to Tigers' grim DH performance -- The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching
Kurt's latest column for the the News. We all miss Victor's bat and run scoring ability in the lineup, but the dugout certainly misses his leadership, too.

Around the AL Central:

Around the AL Central: The Cleveland Indians Look Less and Less Like a Contender -- The Tigers Den, Matt Snyder
The Indians may be looking less like a contender, but the Tigers don't seem too concerned with passing them in the standings either.

Royals Score 8, Again, to Defeat Beelzebub's Rays -- Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
"What a weird night for Brayan Pena. It is probably his last as a Royal."

Game 72: Yankees 6, Indians 4 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians mounted a four-run rally in the ninth but came up short, losing to the Yankees 6-4. A recap of the game, including commentary on the brutal missed call in the seventh inning."

White Sox 3, Twins 2: Floyd subdues Minnesota menace -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"Gavin Floyd snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Minnesota Twins with seven scoreless innings."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Omar Vizquel says he’s retiring at season’s end -- HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
Is it inappropriate to say "'bout time"?

Stephen Strasburg Piles On The Value -- Baseball Nation, Jeff Sullivan
I feel guilty for having ever not liked Stephen Strasburg. It's only a matter of time before he's president.

President Obama booed in Boston after trying to make a Kevin Youkilis joke -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Oh, Boston ... lighten up.