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Detroit Tigers Links: Austin Jackson's arm strength & Francisco Liriano gets traded

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NEW YORK - AUGUST 16:  Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers makes a catch for an out against the New York Yankees on August 16 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.
NEW YORK - AUGUST 16: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers makes a catch for an out against the New York Yankees on August 16 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 55 46 .544 0 Lost 1
Detroit 54 48 .529 1.5 Won 1
Cleveland 50 52 .490 5.5 Lost 3
Minnesota 43 58 .425 12 Won 3
Kansas City 41 60 .405 14 Lost 5

(updated 7.29.2012 at 8:43 PM PDT)


Tigers links:

Tigers' outfielder Austin Jackson's throws seem to be getting stronger -- Detroit Free Press, Shawn Windsor
"When Cleveland rightfielder Shin-Soo Choo doubled off the centerfield wall Thursday night at Progressive Field, Austin Jackson appeared to have no option other than retrieving the ball and keeping Choo from third. But with Jackson's speed and improving arm, he nearly threw out Choo at second."

Dombrowski: Tigers have enough to win division, despite 'lousy' road trip -- The Detroit News, Tony Paul
'It's a hard game to play,' Dombrowski said Sunday morning, sitting in the visiting dugout moments after arriving at the ballpark. 'You run into pitching, you run into certain times when guys get in a little bit of a slump. That's why there are a lot of ups and downs.'

Christmas In July: Contenders' Wish Lists (A.L. Edition) -- Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
"Hey, it's that time of the year when almost everybody's a contender and almost everybody's just one player away from being perfect."

Tigers Roundtable, Volume Two -- DesigNate Robertson
"I still stand by my opinion that "Tigers Weekly" is pointless, boring garbage. Thus, it should be replaced."

Al Kaline the right coach for Tigers' top prospect Nick Castellanos -- Detroit Tigers, John Lowe
"Nick Castellanos soon will get instruction from the man who played rightfield perhaps as well as anyone ever has. Al Kaline will visit Castellanos to work with him on his conversion to right, Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila said Thursday night."

Do The Tigers Need To Keep Up With The White Sox Activity? -- Motor City Bengals, Bryan Craves
"Watching the Chicago White Sox wheel-and-deal in the last week or so has had some wondering: Can't the Tigers add better players? The White Sox are doing that..."

Around the AL Central:

A Royals Game Recap Written Before The Top of the Fifth Was Completed -- Royals Review
"Let's try this little exercise. I'm writing this portion at the conclusion of the fourth inning:"

Twins 5, Indians 1: Morneau Homers Again, Duensing Leads Minnesota to Sweep -- Twinkie Town
"Twins take it to the Indians, sweeping the three-game weekend series with a 5-1 victory."

Game 102: Twins 5, Indians 1 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians lost again to the Minnesota Twins 5-1, getting swept in the process. A recap of the action."

White Sox 0, Rangers 2: Gift runs end win streak at 5 -- South Side Sox
"Scott Feldman shuts out White Sox, ends win streak at 5."

Elsewhere in baseball:

White Sox Acquire Liriano For Stretch Run -- FanGraphs Baseball, Eric Seidman
"Kenny Williams reportedly worked his tail off to land Zack Greinke from the Brewers this week. The American League Central is up for grabs and the White Sox and Tigers have gone back and forth for the division lead in recent weeks."

Marty Brennaman is going to have to shave his head -- HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
"The Reds' legendary broadcaster Marty Brennaman will be sporting a new look a week from now."

The Meltdown Part II: Minor-league manager Joe Mikulik loses it again, gives third base to fan (VIDEO) -- Big League Stew, Mark Townsend
"Joe Mikulik is back — well, actually, he's still around and still managing the Single-A Asheville Tourists — and he's better than ever."