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Detroit Tigers Links: Justin Verlander Nominated for ESPYs & Victor Martinez's Status to Be Updated Today

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Justin Verlander is heading to the ESPYs, Dave Dombrowski isn't concerned about 2nd base, and an impending update on Victor Martinez's knee injury. These stories and an awesome catch by Mike Trout in today's Morning Prowl.

Justin Verlander, Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson up for ESPY Awards - Detroit Free Press, James Jahnke
Verlander was nominated for Best MLB Player and Best Male Athlete. With LeBron James having just won his first NBA Championship, I'm not sure I like Verlander's odds at the latter.

Tigers will learn more Thursday about Victor Martinez's recovery - The Detroit News, Tom Gage
As they say: "hope for the best, plan for the worst."

Detroit Tigers' Dave Dombrowski: Second base won't be reason we win or lose AL Central - MLive, Josh Slagter
Reading between the lines, Dombrowski is saying that Darwin Barney isn't an upgrade, so stop asking for him. OK, maybe I exaggerated a little bit.

Tigers Prospect Rob Brantly Named As Replacement In All-Star Futures Game - SB Nation Detroit, Matt Brigidi
I'm not championing the idea that we trade Brantly the minute we get an offer, but it would be nice to see him make a statement in this game.

Five Tigers Minor Leaguers Worth Tracking - Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
If you haven't heard of these five guys yet, you're not alone.

Series Recap: The Rangers Are Good, The Tigers Are Not, and Ryan Raburn Has A Big Red Nose - Walkoff Woodward, Cameron Scott
"To be honest, who didn’t see this coming? Texas was the best team in baseball coming in, the Tigers are the Tigers, and they lost 2 out of 3."

Around the AL Central:

Royals Use Long Ball to Beat Lucifer's Rays 5-4 - Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
The Royals swept the Rays, who will probably take it out on the Tigers now.

White Sox 12, Twins 5: 21 hits in the rubber match - South Side Sox
I almost puked when I saw the Hawk Harrelson reference, but I got through it. Stay strong, BYB.

Game 74: Yankees 5, Indians 4 - Let's Go Tribe
"For 17 innings of this miserable three-game sweep, the Indians appeared to be a fringe major league team that didn't belong on the same field as those vaunted Yankees." Turns out, it was actually all 27.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Giancarlo accepts invitation to Derby - MLB.com, Joe Frisaro
Giancarlo Stanton is in the Home Run Derby. He won't win, but I'm betting he will hit at least one 500-footer.

CC to the 15-day DL with Adductor Strain near Left Leg - Pinstripe Alley
"It took over three years, but CC Sabathia will finally miss his start due to injury as a Yankee after incurring a Grade 1 adductor strain near his left leg during his start against the Mets on Sunday night." FYI, Grade 1 strains aren't a huge deal. Additionally, Andy Pettite will miss 8 weeks with a broken fibula.

LAA@BAL: Trout takes a homer away from Hardy - MLB.com Video
I don't know if I'd say "Catch of the Year" (ESPN did), but this catch by Mike Trout is definitely awesome.