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Detroit Tigers Links: Everything you ever wanted to read about Jose Valverde

No seriously, there's like 15 stories on Jose Valverde. With a couple others thrown in for good measure. But mostly just Valverde.

Ed Zurga

AL Central Standings

Detroit 36 28 .562 0 Lost 1
Cleveland 32 33 .492 4.5 Won 2
Kansas City 31 33 .484 5 Won 2
Minnesota 29 34 .460 6.5 Lost 1
Chicago 28 35 .444 7.5 Lost 1

(updated 6.13.2013 at 8:35 PM PDT)

Tigers links:

Tigers hitters are to blame as well
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

This is just infuriatingly dumb. "Miguel Cabrera has been at his worst in the tightest situations." I mean ... just go away, Schoenfield.

Austin Jackson's rehab stint has gone to plan so far, but is he ready?
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

Yes? Please say yes. You are deeply missed, Austin.

Jose Valverde isn't getting ninth inning job done; Tigers lack options
Sporting News, Justin McGuire

What we're seeing here is everyone ... and I mean everyone ... having an opinion about Jose Valverde.

Who's got the ninth?

It's always nice getting Mario's views on things.

Papelbon a fit in Detroit?
Buster Olney Blog Blog

Through eight innings and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, it was all good for the Detroit Tigers in Kansas City on Wednesday.

Detroit Tigers have options (and time) in hunt for new closer
Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp

Because everyone always wants Drew Sharp's opinion.

What You Knew and Didn’t Know About the Tigers and Astros
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan

I think I know all I want to know about the Tigers right now, thank you.

What we learn from the Rod Allen Drinking Game.
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

Yay! Terrible cartoons are back. A month was much too long.

What Relievers Could the Tigers Possibly Trade For?

All of Tigertown is abuzz about what to do about Jose Valverde and the closer position in Detroit.

Who the (Bleep) Should Leyland Be Closing With?: A Helpful Guide
Walkoff Woodward, Alexandra Simon

The Tigers’ front office or, at the very least, manager Jim Leyland seem married to the idea of a Proven Closer, a reliable "name" guy who has closed in the past.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Valverde?
The Daily Fungo, Jim Craddock

It’s been more than 24 hours since Valverde did his latest hack job on a brilliant outing by a starting pitcher.

Is Jose Valverde Dancing His Way Out Of Town?
Motor City Bengals, John Verburg

Sorting through all the angry Tigers fans to find that one guy (or gal) who is still behind Jose Valverde at this point is like finding a needle in a haystack, or more appropriately, a single strand of dirty blonde hair in a haystack.

Around the AL Central:

Santana leads Royals into Tampa
Royals Review, Craig Brown

The American League's top pitching staff heads to The Trop.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Noting small sample size does not make one a killjoy
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Weird article at Grantland. In it Jay Caspian Kang takes issue with people who make note of small sample sizes. The example: Yasiel Puig.

How much security at the ballpark is enough?
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

There was a lot of excitement inside PNC Park Tuesday night, with phenom Gerrit Cole making his major-league debut. Unfortunately, thanks to poorly executed security procedures, a lot of fans missed Cole's first action.

Mariano Rivera delivers pizza to woman who has worked in Oakland A’s mailroom for 25 years
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

I adore this guy.