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Detroit Tigers Links: Alex Avila's struggles & Evan Gattis' journey to Major League Baseball

A look into Alex Avila's struggles at the plate, what Don Kelly brings to the Tigers, and a look at Evan Gattis' difficult journey to Major League Baseball. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Motor City Bengals: A look at why Alex Avila is struggling at the plate
Detroit Free Press, John Verburg

Just two years ago, Alex Avila was considered one of the best catchers in the game.

Lee Elia's famous rant still makes Jim Leyland giggle, 30 years later
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

The 30th anniversary of former Cubs manager Lee Elia was Monday, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland — who's uncorked a few doozies of his own in his time — was asked about it before Tuesday's game.

Prince Fielder's 3-run home run, zero bat flip
Detroit4Lyfe, Bob Biscigliano

He hits balls far.

Do-it-all Don Kelly more valuable than many Tigers fans believe
The Detroit News, Kurt Menching

Kelly is the new Brandon Inge, bringing emotions far past the point of rational thought. It really doesn't make any sense. Kelly is not a starter. He is a role player.

Do-it-all Don Kelly Less Valuable Than Many Tigers Fans Believe

I was dared by noted troublemaker Phil Coke’s Brain to have some fun with our friend Kurt Mensching today.

Around the AL Central:

Rangers 10, White Sox 6: Pitching, defense collapse again
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Offense somehow makes Yu Darvish look ordinary, but to no effect in the standings

Miracles Do Exist as Royals Stage Comeback in 8 - 2 Victory over the Devil [Rays]
Royals Review

Royals bring the superhuman salad tosser Alex Cobb back down to Earth in thrilling sixth inning. Jewel once asked, "Who will save your soul;" Might it be Mike Moustakas?

MLB Final Score: Indians 14, Phillies 2 - Indians hit seven home runs, break home franchise record
Let's Go Tribe

If you thought the Tribe's hot streak would be stopped by Roy Halladay, you'd be wrong.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Braves rookie: 'All I could think about was killing myself'
USA Today, Bob Nightengale

Shout out to Rob for sending this link my way. A really tremendous read.

Josh Hamilton Is Swinging Himself Into Oblivion
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron

Josh Hamilton is the most aggressive hack in baseball.

Bryce Harper is pro-wave
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Just when I was starting to warm to him.

Which young pitcher do you want?
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

He's hardly a household name yet, except in National League West households. But is there a better young pitcher than Madison Bumgarner?

Delmon Young teaches us how to silence detractors — with a home run
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

People make fun of Delmon Young for many reasons: He's never really lived up to the No. 1 overall draft pick hype — unless you only watched baseball in 2010.