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Tigers links: Miguel Cabrera, Paul Goldschmidt are slugging, Tigers rotation is excellent

Kurt and Rob take you through the best of Monday's links.

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AL Central Standings

Detroit 35 27 .564 0 Lost 1
Cleveland 30 32 .483 5 Lost 7
Kansas City 29 32 .475 5.5 Won 6
Minnesota 27 33 .450 7 Lost 2
Chicago 27 34 .442 7.5 Won 2

(updated 6.10.2013 at 10:53 PM EDT)

Tigers links:

Miguel Cabrera's Best Hit of the Season - Grantland, Caleb Hannan
This takes us back to the Texas series that wasn't too enjoyable, but it's always fun to hear about how special Miggy truly is.

Baseball's best: Miguel Cabrera or Troy Tulowitzki? - SB Nation, Bill Parker
"At the end of the day, the mere fact that the answer to the best-player question almost has to be 'Cabrera or _____' probably means that the single correct answer right now is Cabrera."

Cabrera on pace for best season by a Tigers batter - Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
Lee demonstrates the Batting Runs statistic, showing Cabrera is on pace to be ahead of Norm Cash's 1961 season.

Tigers starters excel at back of the ballcard stats - Detroit News, Kurt Mensching
Also excel at FIP and SIERA, which probably need to be on ballcards if they haven't been added yet. (Have they? ::shrug::)

Tigers enjoying embarrassment of starting pitching riches - Detroit News, Wojo
With 100% less SIERA. Actually, Wojo wrote about Jose Alvarez and quite a few other topics I didn't touch on. Only the headlines are similar.

Al Alburquerque's wildness keeps him from rejoining Tigers, Detroit News, Tom Game
"The reason for him being down there," said Leyland, "is to eliminate the walks. When you're still seeing them, it doesn't make you want to hurry up. It doesn't make it seem urgent - because that's why he's down there. But I will say I got a glowing report the other day about his slider."

Handshake of Doom flap is just silly, Out of Left Field, Matthew B Mowery
More people visit his blog from a Bleacher Report link than a Bless You Boys link. This cannot stand. Oh, and Mowery wrote about how silly (er duh) the entire episode is.

Detroit Tigers record no different with Don Kelly in the lineup, Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

Around the Central

Royals 3, Tigers 2 -- Six Pack of wins, Royals Review; Fister can't do it all, BYB

White Sox 7, Blue Jays 6 (in the fifth when this is written -- Read South Side Sox for an interesting take on their rotation.

Indians, off Monday -- Read Lets Go Tribe anyway

Twins, off Monday -- Read Twinkie Town

Around the MLB

Paul Goldschmidt and hitting in the clutch - ESPN SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
It's funny how someone considered by some on this site to be "not clutch" appears in a positive light in an article about hitting in the clutch.

What should the Braves do with their rotation? - Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
I would imagine that a lot of American League teams would put us in the same boat as the Braves this season.

Wrigley Field by day, U.S. Cellular Field by night - Hardball Talk, Craig Calcaterra
Craig and our own Allison were off in Chicago over the weekend. Insider info: Allison hurled. I guess that got cut by an editor. Fortunately I'm the editor here, unless Allison reads this and deletes everything.

More Roars

Royals 3, Tigers 2: Fister gets no help

Who should start the All-Star Game for AL?

Tigers week in review

GIF: Did Cabrera chuck his gum at Raburn?

FanPost: Potato Wars, a return of the peripherals