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Detroit Tigers Links: Jose Valverde's progress & Miami's historically bad start

Jose Valverde didn't impress in his first two minor league outings, Rick Porcello's start on Saturday wasn't that bad, and just how bad are the Miami Marlins? These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Leon Halip

Adding a little perspective to Rick Porcello's rough outing on Saturday
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe

It can happen to anyone. Anyone. On Saturday, Rick Porcello allowed nine earned runs in a first-inning knockout while allowing just one extra-base hit (Mike Trout's grand slam).

Brain Matters

Confession time. I’m not really Phil Coke.

Jose Valverde Posts Non-Impressive Line In First Two Minor League Outings
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

The Detroit Tigers have until May 8 to decide whether or not they want to add veteran reliever Jose Valverde to their major league roster.

Around the AL Central:

Twins 5, White Sox 3: Offense can't cover for sloppy bullpen
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

One bad inning by three relievers too much to overcome.

Fast Reaction: Twins 5, White Sox 3
Twinkie Town

Twins sweep the White Sox in Chicago with a 5-3 win on Sunday afternoon.

Royals sweep double-header with extra inning victory over the Red Sox
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

It's weird how many games your team will win when they hit three home runs.

MLB Final Score: Cleveland Indians 5, Houston Astros 4
Let's Go Tribe

Whew. That could have been disastrous, but it wasn't.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Which contender is most collapse-proof?
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Eric Karabell and I briefly raised this question a couple weeks ago on a SweetSpot TV: Which team is most collapse-proof?

Through 19 games, the Marlins are historically bad
HardballTalk, Bill Baer

With a 10-6 loss to the Reds this afternoon, the Miami Marlins dropped to 4-15 on the season. Not that it is a shock to anyone, but they are by far the worst-hitting team in baseball.

You like Derek Jeter
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Yes, you.

David Ortiz’s heartfelt and colorful speech inspires new t-shirts (updated)
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

Barstool Sports Boston has put their own David Ortiz inspired t-shirts and tank tops (and several other awesome Boston related t-shirts) on sale in the past 24 hours with ALL proceeds of their sale going directly to victims of the marathon bombings.