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Detroit Tigers Links: Torii Hunter's new approach & is Jose Valverde back?

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Torii Hunter's new approach has been paying off for the Tigers, Jose Valverde has been every bit the closer that we need him to be so far, and Bryce Harper collides with a wall. These stories and more Josh Hamilton excuses in today's Morning Prowl.

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Tigers links:

Detroit Tigers' Jose Valverde quite a resurrection story
ESPN, Jerry Crasnick

I was going to say something snarky, but then Valverde closed Tuesday's game with some effective splitter action and it might have actually given me hope. A little. Just a little.

Torii Hunter's new approach produces big results
ESPN, David Schoenfield

Yeah, I think we'll keep him.

Torii Hunter has ended Tigers' right-field anxieties
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

Don't let the headline fool you. There's some Valverde hate in here, too.

Tigers do drills to avoid collisions like Monday's that cost the Astros Altuve
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

It's worked so well that Don Kelly and Torii Hunter effectively ran into each other early in Tuesday's game trying to catch a ball. Those drills are definitely paying off.

Motor City Bengals: Tigers' fundamental issues could hurt them later
Detroit Free Press, John Verburg

Disclaimer: I truly believe the Tigers are so immensely talented, the likelihood they fail to make the playoffs is infinitesimal.

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 4, Twins 2: Double orders make a difference
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Back-to-back homers, consecutive doubles give Jake Peavy enough offense.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Josh Hamilton has been sick for the past two weeks
HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman

What's your excuse for the rest of the season, Josh? Because I'm sure you have one.

Bryce Harper on his injury: ‘I will keep playing this game hard … even if it kills me’
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

I won't pretend like I don't appreciate how this kid plays. However boneheaded it might seem.

Scott Kazmir’s Tightrope Walk
Grantland, Michael Baumann

Before the season, I drafted in my head (but never published) a column on how the Cleveland Indians could win the AL Central this season.

Curtis Granderson is back, but which version are Yankees getting?
The Strike Zone, Jay Jaffe

Even though they're in (surprisingly) first place, it's still nice to see Granderson back.