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Detroit Tigers Links: Drew Smyly likely in next year's rotation & Prince Fielder has his own wine

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July 1, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) throws a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
July 1, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) throws a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 53 45 .540 0 Won 3
Detroit 53 46 .535 0.5 Lost 1
Cleveland 50 49 .505 3.5 Won 1
Kansas City 41 56 .422 11.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 40 58 .408 13 Lost 3

(updated 7.26.2012 at 7:52 PM PDT)


Drew Smyly will more than likely be part of the Tigers 2013 starting rotation, Prince Fielder will host a charity event that features his very own wine, and the old Tiger Stadium site might get another makeover (not the good kind). These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Drew Smyly more likely than Anibal Sanchez to be in 2013 rotation for Detroit Tigers -- MLive.com, Chris Iott
"The Tigers seem likely to do next season what they did about five months ago: Head to spring training with four solid starters and hold a competition for the fifth starter's job."

Prince set to 'Uncork' to support Detroit non-profits -- tigers.com, Jason Beck
Prince Fielder has his own wine. Must. Get. Some.

Detroit Tigers should hope Ryan Raburn accepts minor league option when Andy Dirks returns -- The Tigers Den, Matthew Synder
"Who the heck cares, and why are we wasting blog posts on this?" Tee hee.

New use for old Tiger Stadium site? Parade Company talking with city -- Detroit Free Press, John Gallagher
Dear God NO.

Quintin Berry Just Makes No Sense -- Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
Why is it so hard for people to just give this guy a little bit of credit? If he plays well, we have to write articles about how it makes no sense. And if he plays bad, we have to write articles saying "I told you so."

Guest Post! -- Brain Matters
There may or may not be a drinking game attached to this post. And you may or may not want to play it.

Around the AL Central:

Currently Historic: Adam Dunn Edition -- The Hardball Times, Jason Linden
"A close look at the unique player that is Adam Dunn, and our usual list of achievers." Unique is one way to describe him. Unfortunate is another.

Game 99: Indians 5, Tigers 3 -- Let's Go Tribe
The picture associated with this post makes me want to punch things.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Tweet of the Day: Do NOT breastfeed in front of Logan Morrison -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
I love this. (Craig's post, not LoMo).

Barry Bonds sports a new look with fancy bicycle, slimmed-down appearance -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
"Slimmed-down?" Nope. He just deflated. That's what he's supposed to look like, remember?

Will Fans Wait For Marlins To Get Good? -- Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
Pretty sure Marlins fans are used to these kinds of shenanigans.

Deadline deals that really worked -- Hit and Run, Jay Jaffe
"For all of the instant and occasionally breathless analysis of actual and potential trades that occurs at this time of year, it is important to acknowledge that even when such deals are consummated, their impact tends to be overstated."