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Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera's base running & Brayan Villarreal's early struggles

Miguel Cabrera is showing his intelligence on the base paths, Brayan Villarreal is the early candidate for most disliked Tiger, and is the Giants starting rotation overrated? These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Leon Halip

No need to panic yet over Tigers' bullpen blunders
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

Gauging this team by Wednesday's disaster or by eight games in April's frost and sleet is ridiculous.

The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 Oakland Athletics

One should not go into battle with another without first knowing what they are up against.

Scoring onslaught, Miguel Cabrera's running show Tigers in attack mode
Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp

The Tigers didn’t pout after blowing a 6-1 lead 24 hours earlier. They didn’t sulk about the barely above freezing temperatures and steady drizzle.

Brayan Villarreal: Early candidate for Tigers’ punching bag
The Daily Fungo, Ian Casselberry

Early candidate? Easy candidate.

Schedule-maker does Tigers a favor with early West Coast swing
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

Wanna get away from all the dreary, wet coldness? If so, you’re not the only one.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Padres-Dodgers brawl: Carlos Quentin, Matt Kemp ejected after Zack Greinke HBP
Eric Stephen, SB Nation

Zack Greinke hit Carlos Quentin with a pitch to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning, and Quentin charged the mound to start the melee.

Padres player makes for the clubhouse during brawl
Kurt Mensching, SB Nation

'You guys go enjoy the fight, I'll secure the clubhouse'

Albert Belle does not sound like he’s mellowed with age
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Albert Belle was probably the crankiest and sometimes meanest S.O.B. in the game back in his day. He's not mellowed with age, as his interview with CSNChicago’s Chuck Garfien reveals.

Huh? New study links home-run hitting to face size
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

Not to get all "Today" show on you, but there's a new study published by two scientists out of London linking a baseball player's ability to hit home runs with his face size.

Is Giants starting rotation overrated?
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

One reason some people don't like statistics -- at least those fancy ones -- is they sometimes produce results incongruous with popular belief.