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Detroit Tigers Links: The Jose Valverde experiment should end & Max Scherzer's dominance

It's time to end the Jose Valverde experiment, Max Scherzer's unbeaten record is a testament to the Tigers' starters, and a day in the life of Rod Allen. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


Tigers links:

Jose Valverde has likely thrown away his second chance with the Tigers
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

Last autumn's bullpen nightmare has revisited the Tigers, who are no doubt wondering if the Jose Valverde experiment is finally, and destructively, history.

Unbeaten Max Scherzer represents how consistently rotation has put Detroit Tigers in position to win, Chris Iott

Win-loss records for starting pitchers can be deceiving. But the season Max Scherzer is putting together is no fluke.

Jim Leyland gives credit to Jeff Jones for success of Detroit Tigers' starters
Detroit Free Press, George Sipple

The starters have combined for a quality start in 18 of the past 19 games and Jim Leyland is giving credit to pitching coach Jeff Jones.

A Day in the Life of Rod Allen

The following is how I imagine a day in the life of Fox Sports Detroit’s Rod Allen.

Fielder, Cabrera grace cover of Sports Illustrated together
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

I want this framed, poster size in my living room.

A Plea To Tigers Brass: End The Jose Valverde Experiment
Walkoff Woodward

Yes, please. Make this happen.

Around the AL Central:

And I Bet You Had Given Up
Royals Review, Clark Fosler

Hey, I know I had given up.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy should face long suspension
ESPN, David Schoenfield

Tuned in to watch Puig, and before I get to see him a brawl erupts and he's ejected. Scully calls a brawl as calmly as a flyout to RF.

Mike Mussina has a surprising new job — high school basketball coach at his alma mater
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

I've always loved Mike Mussina. This just further proves why he's awesome.

MLB’s civil case against Biogenesis and others is still proceeding. One of the others is interesting.
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Part of MLB's deal with Anthony Bosch is that the league will dismiss the lawsuit it filed against him. It hasn't done that yet.

More Roars

Royals 3, Tigers 2: Valverde, Coke cost Tigers ‘W’ | GIF

Phil Coke’s Brain: Who’s Your Closer?

Patrick: Try Bruce Rondon or Joaquin Benoit

Rob: Think outside the box -- Darin Downs or Luke Putkonen

Thursday’s links