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Detroit Tigers Links: The American League race is heating up & Chris Perez says he hit 'low point' last night

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This picture is fantastic. Sorry, but I had to get it into the links post somehow.
This picture is fantastic. Sorry, but I had to get it into the links post somehow.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 59 48 .551 0 Won 1
Detroit 58 50 .537 1.5 Won 4
Cleveland 50 58 .462 9.5 Lost 9
Minnesota 47 61 .435 12.5 Lost 1
Kansas City 45 62 .420 14 Won 1

(updated 8.5.2012 at 8:03 PM PDT)


The American League Wild-Card race is going to be tight, Chris Perez says yesterday's loss to the Tigers was the "low point" in his career, and Charlie Sheen does something positive. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Wild cards and fire sales? Give me back my old-school baseball! -- The Detroit News, Jerry Green
I got through half of this and he still hadn't actually made a point. So I stopped.

The AL Wild-Card Race: Heading For A Pile-Up -- Baseball Nation, Al Yellon
"Five teams are within 1 1/5; games of the AL wild-card lead as of Sunday morning. What's going to happen if more than two of them tie for that lead at season's end?"

Indians' Chris Perez calls meltdown vs. Tigers 'low point' of his career -- Detroit Free Press, Brian Manzullo
There's not an ounce of me that feels sorry for him.

Who is the New DNR Idol? -- DesigNate Robertson
Rogo doing what Rogo does best.

Tigers vs Indians Series Recap -- Walkoff Woodward, Cameron Scott
Because who doesn't want to recap that series?

DFA your way to victory. -- Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
A few days late, but still worth it. As usual.

Around the AL Central:

Rangers Play Royals Baseball™, Give Royals Win - Yuni DFA Follows -- Royals Review
"The Royals won with the Rangers turning into the Royals in the ninth and beyond. But don't you worry, kiddos, the Royals were still the Royals, showing the world you can actually win a game playing Kansas City Royals baseball™."

Red Sox 6, Twins 4: Ninth Inning Comeback Falls Short This Time, Boston Escapes With a Win -- Twinkie Town
"Boston holds on to take the Sunday contest as the Twins escape with a three-win long weekend."

White Sox 4, Angels 2: A pinch of Pierzynski more than enough -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"A.J. Pierzynski homered for the fifth straight game, and this one came off the bench, giving the White Sox a lead they wouldn't relinquish."

Game 108: Tigers 10, Indians 8 (10 Innings) -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Tigers came back in the 10th inning to stun the Indians 10-8, giving Cleveland their 9th straight loss."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Giant pickle: All nine San Francisco defenders converge on infield during extended rundown -- Big League Stew, Mark Townsend
"Every baseball coach will tell you one of the biggest keys to executing a successful rundown is limiting the number of throws — ideally no more than two or three — because it reduces the odds of a mistake and also limits the opportunity for another base runner to advance."

Charlie Sheen donates $50,000 to Reds Community Fund -- HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
Can't say I ever thought he'd do something like that. But you have to give him credit.