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Detroit Tigers Links: The maturation of Rick Porcello & Anibal Sanchez's shoulder

The maturation of Rick Porcello, Jim Leyland is concerned about Anibal Sanchez's shoulder, and questions still remain about Jose Valverde and the closer role. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Rick Yeatts

AL Central Standings

Detroit 38 29 .567 0 Won 1
Cleveland 34 34 .500 4.5 Won 1
Kansas City 33 34 .492 5 Won 1
Minnesota 30 36 .454 7.5 Lost 1
Chicago 28 38 .424 9.5 Lost 4

(updated 6.16.2013 at 7:44 PM PDT)

Tigers links:

Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland 'concerned' about starter Anibal Sanchez's shoulder following rough start, Chris Iott

Anibal Sanchez feels fine physically. But one day after he pitched with reduced velocity and couldn't get out of the fourth inning, there is still concern.

What do you do with a Potato?
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

As Jose Valverde prepared to enter the game on Friday night, a Tweet rang out on the internet:

Jim Leyland's still looking for some (expletive) advice
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

The Tigers would probably be the best team in the American League if they didn't blow so many (expletive) saves. Is there anything Jim Leyland can do? Seriously. He wants to know.

Why Suggesting The Tigers Use a Starter as the Closer is The Dumbest Thing You Could Say
Walkoff Woodward, Wally Newman

You know how you’re at a party, having a good time, having some drinks with friends?

The Maturing of Rick Porcello
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

Many Tigers fans were ready to give up on 24-year-old Rick Porcello going into the this season.

Jose Valverde's Cost Growing
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum

Fans tend to get upset about prospects given up in trades, particularly at the time of the trade.

Around the AL Central:

MLB Final Score/Recap: Cleveland Indians 2, Washington Nationals 0
Let's Go Tribe

Corey Kluber followed up his eight shutout innings in Texas with another eight shutout innings.

Tigers 5, Twins 2: Bats Silent as Fister Rolls, Hunter Hits 300th Career Home Run
Twinkie Town

The Twins were unable to mound any kind of charge today as Doug Fister rolled over the Twins.

Royals take final game, series from Rays
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

A nice bounce-back win for the Royals behind a solid start from Wade Davis.

Astros 5, White Sox 4: 10 games under .500, their way
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Sox hit new low with another lifeless loss in Houston.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Baseball must take action to end dangerous on-field brawls
Sporting News, Anthony Witrado

Regardless of whether people think the game is too slow, too boring or too complex, baseball at its highest level is a gorgeous outpouring of skill and athleticism.

Seattle Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma heads crowded AL Cy Young race
ESPN, Bill Baer

In fact, none of last year's top three -- David Price, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver -- made it.

More Roars

Tigers 5 Twins 2: Torii Hunter hits 300th HR | GIF

FanPost: Al-Al is needed in Detroit

Kurt: I (bleep)ing want Smyly to close!