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Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera Is Comfortable at Third Base & Andy Dirks Is Almost Ready to Return


AL Central Standings

Chicago 49 40 .550 0 Lost 1
Detroit 47 43 .522 2.5 Won 2
Cleveland 46 43 .516 3 Won 1
Kansas City 38 50 .431 10.5 Lost 2
Minnesota 37 52 .415 12 Won 1

(updated 7.17.2012 at 5:46 AM EDT)

Miguel Cabrera is comfortable at third base, Andy Dirks says his Achilles tendon is feeling better, and Lynn Henning has a new favorite prospect. These stories and another Ozzie Guillen blow-up in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera feeling cool at hot corner - Detroit Free Press, Shawn Windsor
While this season has been a disappointment so far for some, imagine how bad it could have been had Cabrera's switch to third not been as smooth as it has been.

Detroit Tigers' Andy Dirks on Achilles injury: 'This is the best it has felt in a long time' - MLive, James Schmehl
Dirks is hoping to start a rehab assignment later this week, which will mark the official beginning of the "Which OF bites the dust?" rumors.

Prospect Austin Schotts excites Tigers - The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

Trade Target: Omar Infante - Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
"Given Infante is cheap and the Marlins don’t have to move him, his price tag could be a little larger than most people would think. This isn’t a Jhonny Peralta situation where Infante’s organization just wants to move on."

Around the AL Central:

Red Sox 5, White Sox 1: A Fenway return spoiled - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"The meltdown overshadowed a fine effort by Axelrod, who started on short notice for Gavin Floyd after picking up the win in relief in Kansas City on Friday."

Game 89: Indians 3, Rays 2 - Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians ended up winning the game, but this win could end up hurting them over the next couple of games, as the Indians had to use Vinnie Pestano for 1.1 innings and over 25 pitches, meaning that he probably won't be available for tomorrow's game."

This Just In: Jonathan Sanchez May Not Be Good At Throwing Baseballs - Royals Review
"I'm befuddled. You're befuddled. Even your mother is befuddled."

Twins Decimate Orioles in a 19-7 Laffer - Twinkie Town
"Today, the Twins hitters didn't bring the lumber. They brought the whole Louisville Slugger factory."

Chicago White Sox's Gavin Floyd to miss start against Boston Red Sox - ESPN Chicago, Scott Powers
There is a good chance that Floyd may miss his start this weekend against the Tigers as well.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Ozzie Guillen calls Bryce Harper ‘unprofessional’ after pine tar spat - The Washington Post, Adam Kilgore
Try to ignore the blatant homerism in the first paragraph and just appreciate the fact that this finally happened.

Billy Hamilton completes inside-the-park home run in a blazing time of 13.8 seconds - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Meanwhile, Kurt can get to first base in about the same amount of time. We think.

John Smoltz’s solution to the Strasburg innings limit: he should fake injuries - HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
Hey, whatever works...