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Detroit Tigers Links: Austin Jackson's return & the odds of hitting for the cycle

Austin Jackson could begin rehab assignment soon, Rogo does the impossible and defends ESPN, and the odds of hitting for the cycle. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Tigers links:

Tigers may get Austin Jackson back soon, but have done well in his absence
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

The Tigers need Austin Jackson back. And they don’t, at the same time.

Jim Leyland not sure when Tigers' Austin Jackson will start rehab assignment
The Detroit News, Chris McCosky

The Tigers, as you probably have noticed, aren't going to rush injured center fielder Austin Jackson. He has been out with a hamstring injury since May 12 and is technically eligible to come off the disabled list.

Bill Simonson: So Bad That I (gulp) Defend ESPN

In a world of terrible people covering sports, there is no one even close to being in Bill Simonson’s league when it comes to being the absolute worst.

Around the AL Central:

Royals Drop Game of the Century to Cardinals 4 - 1
Royals Review, Josh Duggan

In a shocking turn of events, the Royals have troubles scoring runs, and their starting pitcher gives up multiple home runs to the visiting [insert name of opposing team here].

Elsewhere in baseball:

Last time each AL team drafted an All-Star
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

The 2013 MLB draft is coming up, with the first round set for June 6, and when each team makes its first-round selection, each will be drafting an amateur player it believes will turn into an All-Star.

Dr. Lewis Yocum dies at 66: respected surgeon helped fix Stephen Strasburg among others
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

Dr. Lewis Yocum — one of baseball's most respected arm doctors — has died after a secret battle with cancer.

What happened to Dustin Ackley? Sabermetrics, of course!
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

The Mariners have demoted Dustin Ackley, who just two seasons ago was considered a future star. What happened to Ackley? Eric Wedge thinks he knows.

The Odds of Hitting for the Cycle
FanGraphs Baseball, Steve Staude

Last week, Mike Trout hit for the cycle. When asked for a comment, coach Mike Scioscia said, "If I’m a betting man, I’ve got to believe there’s another cycle in his career somewhere." That got me wondering.

More Roars:

Pirates 1, Tigers 0: Porcello brilliant, but gets no support

Wednesday’s links

Who’s your non-Tiger?

Sanchez, Scherzer K-ing their way to the top