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Detroit Tigers Links: Jim Leyland says Anibal Sanchez is 'better than he's shown so far' & Rogo bids us adieu

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Aug 13, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Aug 13, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 63 52 .547 0 Won 1
Detroit 62 55 .529 2 Won 1
Cleveland 54 62 .465 9.5 Won 1
Kansas City 50 65 .434 13 Won 1
Minnesota 50 66 .431 13.5 Lost 1

(updated 8.14.2012 at 8:07 PM PDT)


According to Jim Leyland, Anibal Sanchez is better than what he's shown so far; Rogo has penned his last blog post for DesigNate Robertson; and the Tigers bullpen is a wee bit unpredictable. These stories and the history of the term "F-bomb" in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Anibal Sanchez 'better than he's shown so far' with Tigers, Jim Leyland says -- The Detroit News, Tom Gage
I want to believe this, but I'm not sure I'm buying it.

The End -- DesigNate Robertson
Words fail me. Never laughed as much as I did when reading a Rogo post. I certainly wish him and his family the best of luck! And we can still look forward to witty Rogo comments on Twitter. Now, let's sound off in the comments and remind him one more time just how awesome he is!

Bless You Boys: Tigers proving bullpen is game's most unpredictable commodity -- The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching
"Last year, Detroit's bullpen effectively shortened games to seven innings. If the Tigers led, you could update the standings in ink. Setup man Joaquin Benoit and closer Jose Valverde took care of the rest. But this year? Not so much."

Here are some tigers comments…and a lineup suggestion…but don’t tell Leyland -- Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
"Brennan Boesch, Delmon Young, and Quintin Berry walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What’cha want to watch." Berry claps his hands."

Jamie Samuelsen's blog: Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera may not be enough to carry Tigers to World Series -- Detroit Free Press, Jamie Samuelsen
"Could you see a scenario where Miguel Cabrera wins the AL MVP, Justin Verlander wins the Cy Young Award, and the Tigers fail to reach the postseason?" Could I? Yes. Will I? No.

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 3, Blue Jays 2: Turning the tables with right calls -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"Robin Ventura navigated his White Sox through another close game, and his players delivered to avenge Tuesday's extra-inning loss."

Guthrie Dominates A's, Royals Make Annual Irrelevant Late Season Push -- Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
"Guthrie pitched as good of a game as any starter has all season. He allowed 5 base runners over 7 innings with no runs scored. Good job Jeremy."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Dream teams: 1992 versus 2012 -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
I'm a sucker for things like this. Also, I had the most awesome Kirby Puckett shirt growing up. Wore that thing like every day. It was awesome. OK, bye.

Gary Carter posthumously credited with popularizing the term ‘F-bomb’ -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Gary Carter: Awesome in ways we never knew.

Derek Lowe's Four-Inning Save: Why Aren't There More Of These? -- Baseball Nation, Al Yellon
Well in the Tigers case, we can't find a reliever we enjoy having on the mound for one inning, let alone four.

Two GIFs: Celebrating the 1984 Padres-Braves Brawl -- NotGraphs Baseball, Dayn Perry
So these GIFs are pretty fantastic.

Brandon Inge is tougher than you, but still headed to the DL -- HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Seriously, have you guys watched that video? Gross.