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Detroit Tigers Links: Prince Fielder can't slide & Andy Dirks still hopeful about rehab

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DETROIT, MI - JULY 19: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers call for time out after a second inning double while playing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Comerica Park on July 19, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.
DETROIT, MI - JULY 19: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers call for time out after a second inning double while playing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Comerica Park on July 19, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.

AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 50 42 .543 0 Lost 2
Detroit 49 44 .526 1.5 Won 2
Cleveland 47 45 .510 3 Lost 1
Kansas City 39 52 .428 10.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 38 54 .413 12 Lost 2

(updated 7.19.2012 at 8:21 PM PDT)


Prince Fielder is honest about the fact that he can't slide, Andy Dirks is hopeful to start rehab this week, and Chipper Jones has words for Melky Cabrera. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Tigers hope for Sunday best from Jacob Turner -- The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
"For a man who had been treated Tuesday night like a piñata as the Angels whacked at him and his sugary pitches, Turner appeared Wednesday afternoon to have handled the trauma".

Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder: 'I just don't know how to slide' -- MLive.com, James Schmehl
This is the most amazing headline ever.

Despite minor setback, Dirks still hopeful to head out for rehab this week -- Out of Left Field:, Matthew B. Mowery
"Manager Jim Leyland continues to sound less enthused about Andy Dirks’ rehabilitation than the player himself does, noting Tuesday that it "isn’t too good," as another bout of soreness in the injured Achilles tendon caused the Tigers to back off a bit."

The Home Run Derby Apparently Didn’t Mess With Prince Fielder’s Swing -- The Tigers Den, Matt Snyder
"He hasn’t hit a home run since the All-Star break, but we’re six games into the season’s second-half and Prince Fielder shows no ill-effects of participating in (and winning) the Home Run Derby."

Catfight: Brennan Boesch vs. Delmon Young -- DesigNate Robertson
"The Tigers are in the middle of a pennant race approaching the trading deadline. Yet somehow I find myself becoming more and more detached from this team in 2012."

Around the AL Central:

Orioles 4, Twins 3: Eighth Inning Bullpen Collapse Dooms Win -- Twinkie Town
"Twins drop one late thanks to the bullpen, and end up splitting a four-game series with the Orioles in Minneapolis."

Kendall Signing Fails to Inspire Royals to Victory in 6-1 Loss -- Royals Review
"Your best source for quality Kansas City Royals news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective."

Game 92: Indians 0, Rays 6 -- Let's Go Tribe
"Cleveland was looking to come out of Tampa with a strong, and much-needed, 3-1 series victory."

Red Sox 3, White Sox 1: Plenty of blame to go around -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"Cody Ross hit a three-run homer over the Green Monster for a walk-off Red Sox victory, spoiling another tremendous outing by Jose Quintana."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Chipper Jones has words for Melky Cabrera after some pelvic thrusting taunting nonsense -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
"Melky Cabrera wasn't all that popular in Atlanta after his dismal, one-year stint there."

Something thrilling is brewing in the American League Wild Card race -- The Hardball Times, Dan Lependorf
"Bud Selig's second Wild Card experiment might just get the testing ground it needs."

League-Leading Shockers! (A.L. Edition) -- Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
"Did you know that Jonathan Sanchez has been the best pitcher in the American League? That's just how good the hitters are! Yes, that's not true."

Spending drops 11 percent in this year's MLB draft -- Detroit Free Press, Ronald Blum
"Spending by teams in baseball’s amateur draft dropped by 11 percent in the first year of restrictions imposed by the new labor contract."