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PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 22: Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Miami Marlins pitches in the first inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on July 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 22: Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Miami Marlins pitches in the first inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on July 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 52 44 .541 0 Won 5
Chicago 51 45 .531 1 Won 1
Cleveland 48 48 .500 4 Won 1
Kansas City 40 55 .421 11.5 Lost 2
Minnesota 40 56 .416 12 Lost 1

(updated 7.24.2012 at 5:42 AM EDT)


Ichiro Suzuki is now a member of the New York Yankees, Alex Avila knows how to deal with summertime heat, and something about a trade that you may have heard of. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Monday Marks Detroit’s 2nd Straight Year Making an Impact Trade, This Time Real Talent Was Given Up - Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
"Obviously, no one knows what the three players will turn into, but chances are that they will and the talent far exceeds what they gave up in last years trade."

Trade, impending return of Andy Dirks might force Detroit Tigers to choose between Ryan Raburn, Don Kelly - MLive, Chris Iott
TRADE RAYBURN FOR GIANCARLO STANTON. Oh wait, wrong comment section.

Tigers/Marlins Trade: Rapid Reaction - Motor City Bengals, Brian Sakowski
"The way this team has been rolling lately, coupled with this trade and the eventual return of Andy Dirks makes this Tigers team a scary one, with extreme potential."

Tigers Acquire Infante, Sanchez from Marlins - Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
"It's a heavy price to pay but that's what contending teams do. I like the deal because it significantly improves their chances of winning the division and succeeding in the playoffs this year and they still have their top prospect Nick Castellanos."

A Really Funny Comparison Between Omar Infante and Every Other Tiger at Second Base in 2012 - Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
"Really wish Infante would walk more. Such a selfish little player."

Small Talk: Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila keeps his cool on hot game days - The Detroit News
"It's not easy being a catcher, especially in hot weather like the area has experienced in recent weeks. To see how he makes it through the heat and humidity of summer, News reporter Lynn Henning talked to Tigers catcher Alex Avila."

Miguel Cabrera is Good at Baseball, episode #300 - Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
I don't know what's better: the drawing of Phil Coke and his new daughter or the quote from Coke directly below it.

Fish to Cats, Cat to Fish - Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
No Samara cartoons in this one, but the picture of Omar Infante picking his nose is worth your time.

Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante Traded - Fish Stripes
"I like Omar Infante but we already have an Omar clone in Donvan Solano. By giving up these guys we got a top 30 prospect in Turner. [B]asically we got Anibal with more upside and much cheaper for next year." A view from the other side of the trade.

Meanwhile, someone on our side is excited too.

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 7, Twins 4: 5 twin killings kill Twins, 5-game skid - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"Coming home to a sold-out U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox kicked off a too-brief three-game stay with a convincing victory to snap a five-game losing streak."

White Sox Take Series Opner, Blitz Liriano, 7-4 - Twinkie Town, Brady Eyestone
"With another first inning run, the Twins looked like they were going to roll into another win tonight in the Windy City. The Chicago White Sox, and more importantly, Francisco Liriano disagreed with that."

Game 96: Indians 3, Orioles 1 - Let's Go Tribe
"But though the Indians don't look like a playoff right now, they are in a position where a hot streak can put them right back in contention."

Royals Lose. Again. World Is Shocked. - Royals Review
"The loss drops the fourth-place Royals to twelve games under .500 and 16.5 games out of first."

That other trade:

End of an era: Ichiro heads to Yankees after Mariners honor request for trade - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Meanwhile, the Yankees acquired an aging slap hitter with a .288 on-base percentage. Yawn.

Yankees acquire Ichiro Suzuki from Mariners for two prospects - MLB.com, Bryan Hoch
"The blockbuster trade transpired so quickly, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was barely given enough warning not to put together an official lineup. Ichiro selected a uniform number -- No. 31 -- and found himself in that Yankees' lineup, batting eighth and playing right field against his former Mariners club."

Yankees Trade D.J. Mitchell and Danny Fahrquar for Ichiro Suzuki - Pinstripe Alley
"That just happened."