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Detroit Tigers Links: Dave Dombrowski is bewildered & the Stephen Strasburg story gets juicy

Dave Dombrowski is bewildered by the Tigers performance this season, Ryan Raburn apparently has hits "saved up," and the Stephen Strasburg shutdown story is starting to get interesting. These stories and a double-dose of Lynn Henning in today's Morning Prowl.

Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

AL Central Standings

Chicago 76 66 .535 0 Lost 2
Detroit 75 67 .528 1 Won 2
Kansas City 65 78 .454 11.5 Lost 1
Cleveland 60 84 .416 17 Won 1
Minnesota 60 84 .416 17 Won 1

(updated 9.13.2012 at 8:28 PM PDT)

Tigers links:

Scherzer's best start may be his quietest, Jason Beck

"Take your pick for your favorite Max Scherzer outing. Most will point to his 15-strikeout gem on May 20. Others will remind you about his eight scoreless innings, with 12 strikeouts, four weeks later. Quietly, though, Wednesday's was one of Scherzer's better performances."

Single-A Lakeland wins first Florida State League championship in 20 years, James Schmehl
Nicely done, kids!

"For the first time in 20 years, Single-A Lakeland has won the Florida State League championship."

Sentiment, calendar favor Tigers after their big victory
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

"You can hear them on this heavenly night in Chicago. Their voices ripping through the evening's cool September air. "Let's go, Tigers! Let's go, Tigers!" It's the first time this series they've been loud, really loud."

Ryan Raburn understands fans' ire, but believes he has hits 'saved up'
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
Well now he can save up a few more while he spends 15 days on the DL.

Tigers' Dave Dombrowski bewildered, too; Max Scherzer deals in victory
Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp

"It's unforgivable, in some eyes, that a team with one of the highest payrolls in the majors could start, stall and stumble with such regularity as the Tigers have this season."

And it's unforgivable that you ... nevermind.

2012 Fan Scouting Report
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

"For the tenth year, Tom Tango is conducting his fan scouting report on fielding skills. The survey is a very valuable resource, so I'm encouraging all knowledgeable fans who watch a lot of Detroit Tigers games to participate."

Around the AL Central:

Bullpen, Royals Squander Lead With Sweep on the Line in Minnesota
Royals Review

"With a chance to sweep the Twins for the first time in ages, the Royals blew a 3 - 1 lead in the bottom of the 8th, allowing runs in the 8th, 9th, and 10th innings, blowing a save, "earning" an ejection, injuring a Lorenzo, and finally losing a game in a quick and horrifying fashion befitting this franchise."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Joe Buck, Hawk Harrelson Need Your Vote For The Ford C. Frick Award
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
April Fool's?

Strasburg’s doctor: there are no studies supporting the Nats decision to shut him down
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
So this is interesting. I love juicy baseball drama.