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Detroit Tigers Links: Jim Leyland defends Lloyd McClendon & Dave Dombrowski remains optimistic

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ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 08:  Manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 8, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.
ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 08: Manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 8, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.

AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 31 24 .563 0 Lost 1
Cleveland 29 25 .537 1.5 Won 1
Detroit 25 30 .454 6 Lost 2
Kansas City 24 30 .444 6.5 Won 1
Minnesota 21 34 .381 10 Lost 1

(updated 6.5.2012 at 9:07 PM PDT)


Everything sucks, everything sucks, and everything sucks. These stories and some more everything sucks in today's Morning Prowl. Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Tigers links:

Jamie Samuelsen's blog: Weak defense is Tigers' worst enemy -- Detroit Free Press, Jamie Samuelsen
I kind of wish people would stop trying to pinpoint the exact thing that's wrong with the Tigers. The team is like a cesspool of awful right now -- all the way around.

Introducing the One-Third All-Stars -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
Not that anyone cares, but in case you do, Justin Verlander would make the "one-third" allstar game. You know, if that sort of thing existed.

Ubaldo Jimenez Struggles to Walk Hitters as Tigers Offense Explodes for Two Runs -- Walkoff Woodward Josh Worn
This headline wins. Also, I'm super glad I was at a concert last night instead of watching this apparent train wreck of a game.

Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland defends hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, understands fans' frustration -- MLive.com, James Schmehl
"There's plenty of people to blame for the Tigers' poor start." Yep.

Dave Dombrowski says Tigers aren't 'clicking' but he still has faith -- The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
Welp. At least someone does.

Bill Simonson: A New Low of Stupidity -- DesigNate Robertson
Rogo's rants are one of the few things that keep me sane during times like these when the Tigers are playing so miserably.

Around the AL Central:

Game 54: Indians 4, Tigers 2 -- Let's Go Tribe
"Where did that come from?" You played the Tigers remember? Don't sound too shocked.

Blue Jays 9, White Sox 5; Should've Watched Storage Wars -- South Side Sox
"Philip Humber stunk, Colby Rasmus went 5-5 and Robin Ventura fell asleep at the switch as the White Sox lost the opener against the Blue Jays."

Pena Out Calls Butera for 1-0 Royals Win -- Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
"In a game where the starters had a combined ERA of over 11, the pair of catchers were the game's MVPs."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Rockies draw inspiration from Justin Bieber cardboard cutout, rediscover their ‘swag’ -- Big League Stew, Mark Townsend
I have no words.

Cliff Lee strikes out 12, loses again -- HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
"Cliff Lee still can't catch a break." Yeah, Detroit knows a thing or two about that.

Robinson Cano, Matt Kemp In Charge of Home Run Derby -- Baseball Nation, Jeff Sullivan
If there are two things that can make the Home Run Derby more exciting, it's Cano and Kemp.