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Detroit Tigers Links: Doom, Doom, and More Doom

The Tigers are in a little bit of trouble now, the Kansas City Royals struck a pretty nice deal with Salvador Perez, and an unconventional approach to the new wild card game. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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AL Central Standings

Chicago 80 66 .547 0 Won 4
Detroit 77 69 .527 3 Lost 2
Kansas City 66 80 .452 14 Lost 1
Cleveland 61 86 .414 19.5 Won 1
Minnesota 60 87 .408 20.5 Lost 3

(updated 9.17.2012 at 11:51 PM EDT)

Detroit Tigers know time is running out as they face uphill climb in Central Division race
MLive, Chris Iott
As stated multiple times yesterday, that loss hurt.

With A's coming to town, Tigers' focus might switch to wild card
The Detroit News, Tony Paul
One loss to the A's = end of focusing on the wild card.

A.L. Central Race Far From Over
Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
Honestly, I'm a little upset there wasn't an Animal House reference in this post.

White Sox 5, Tigers 4: Sometimes It’s Just Not Your Year
Walkoff Woodward, Grey Papke

"I wish I had something interesting to say here, honestly."

Jim Leyland: 'It would blow my mind' if Tigers' Miguel Cabrera doesn't win MVP
Detroit Free Press, George Sipple
This is a stark contrast from last season, when Leyland didn't think that Verlander should (or would?) win the MVP.

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 5, Tigers 4: Rios delivers takeout, bullpen shuts door
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
Hey, they used the same picture that Al did. Game still sucked though.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Pennant races in reverse
The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe
If this were the case, last year's Tigers team would give the 1984 team a run for their money. They finished the season 30-10.

Salvador Perez, Evan Longoria, And The Contracts You Won't See Again
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

"They locked him up for five years and $7 million, with three team options that add up to $14.75 million. That's eight years of Perez for the price of a year of Joe Mauer."

Play-In Game Strategy: Skip the Starter
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron
This idea -- starting the closer and working with the bullpen from there -- is totally bananas and unconventional so, naturally, I'm a fan.