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Detroit Tigers Links: Rick Porcello Is Learning On the Job & a Bomb Threat at Comerica Park

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AL Central Standings

Chicago 50 41 .549 0 Lost 1
Detroit 48 44 .521 2.5 Won 1
Cleveland 47 44 .516 3 Won 1
Kansas City 39 51 .433 10.5 Won 1
Minnesota 38 53 .417 12 Lost 1

(updated 7.19.2012 at 5:31 AM EDT)

Jim Leyland says that Rick Porcello is learning, a bomb threat at Comerica Park didn't interrupt Tuesday's game, and more rosterbation ideas. These stories and an exceptionally creepy Samara cartoon in today's Morning Prowl.

Jim Leyland: Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello learning - The Detroit News, Tom Gage
"'I think he needs to take the slider he throws in the bullpen into the game,' Leyland said. 'The slider he has in the bullpen is really good.'" Iiiiiinteresting.

Comerica Park bomb threat doesn’t interrupt Tigers-Angels game - Big League Stew, David Brown
"As it was, police reportedly spent about three hours searching Comerica before giving the 'all clear' at 11 p.m. local time."

Disgruntled Employees: The Walkoff Woodward Mailbag - Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
To avoid this idea turning into an invasion of lost MLive trolls, I encourage you to head over and spice it up with some intelligent and/or off-the-wall questions.

The Truth* About The Detroit Tigers - Baseball Nation, Jeff Sullivan
"The Tigers' starting ERA is better than average, their FIP is better than average, and their xFIP is better than average." This doesn't make me want James Shields any less.

MLB Trade Rumors: Tigers Looking At Former Wolverines QB Clayton Richard? - SB Nation Detroit, Dave Ryan
I completely forgot that Richard originally played football. I don't think he regrets his career choice one bit.

Obtaining a starter would strengthen rotation but also protect Detroit Tigers in case of injury - MLive, Chris Iott
Unless the Tigers can pull off a steal for Matt Garza or James Shields, I don't think any of the guys available provide much of an upgrade over the names listed here.

Jacob Turner forgets how to pitch - Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
Possibly Samara's creepiest illustration to date.

Around the AL Central:

Red Sox 10, White Sox 1: Hernandez gets clobbered in debut - South Side Sox
"Hernandez was the 9th rookie to pitch for the Sox this year and the 10th player to start a game for the good guys. Given all of that, the results were what you would expect."

Game 91: Indians 10, Rays 6 - Let's Go Tribe
Holy WPA chart

Butler Leads Royals to 8-7 Victory - Royals Review
"It was a perfect game for Butler. He was 3 for 3, 2 walks and the game winning walk-off home run. An All-Star performance from our lone All-Star."

Orioles 2, Twins 1: Liriano's Quality Start Just Not Enough - Twinkie Town
"One of the four hits Liriano allowed was a 2-run bomb to Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones, which would unfortunately determine the outcome of the game."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie exits with right calf injury after scary fall -, Gregor Chisholm
Keep an eye on the Blue Jays as we approach the trade deadline. Decimated by injuries, they may become sellers if they fall too far in the standings.

David Ortiz headed to DL with Achilles’ tendon injury - HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
If this move is retroactive to yesterday (which it likely will be), Ortiz will be forced to miss at least two games in the Tigers-Red Sox series at the end of July.

With Cain in mind, Phillies expected to offer Hamels about $130M for 6 years -, Jon Heyman
Prediction: the Dodgers offer Hamels the type of money that CC Sabathia got from the New York Yankees during his free agency period.