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The importance of the closer role, the Tigers come to terms with Corey Knebel, and should the Tigers call up Nick Castellanos? These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 39 29 .573 0 Won 2
Kansas City 34 34 .500 5 Won 2
Cleveland 34 35 .492 5.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 30 36 .454 8 Lost 1
Chicago 28 38 .424 10 Lost 4

(updated 6.17.2013 at 7:54 PM PDT)


Tigers links:

Are the Tigers an all-time great team?
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer looks to go 10-0 tonight and become just the second starter of the wild-card era to win his first 10 decisions.

Should the Detroit Tigers call up Nick Castellanos?
Motor City Bengals, Cody Braendle

It may be time for the Detroit Tigers to call up Nick Castellanos for good.

Tigers reportedly come to terms with Knebel, but don't pencil him in at closer just yet
Out of Left Field. Matthew B. Mowery

Yes, the Tigers currently have issues at closer.

Tigers' closer problems easy to see, hard to fix
The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching

Who the (bleep) do Tigers fans want manager Jim Leyland to use as his closer?

Around the AL Central:

Royals lull Indians to sleep, then strike
Royals Review, Craig Brown

A wild pitch saves the day.

Elsewhere in baseball:

MLB releases statement on O.co Coliseum situation
HardballTalk, D.J. Short

After both clubhouses and the umpires' lockeroom at O.Co Coliseum were flooded with raw sewage yesterday, Athletics owner Lew Wolff responded by saying that the facility "is in perhaps the worst shape in all of professional sports.

British humour makes baseball even better
Big League Stew, David Brown

It's no matter that British comedian Anthony Richardson probably did this voiceover of New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox opening day for folks who are less familiar with Major League Baseball.

The Flawed Importance of the Closer
The Triangle Blog, Jonah Keri

For baseball fans, nothing is more heartbreaking, more infuriating than a blown save.

More Roars

Tigers 5, O’s 1: Max reaches 10-0 | GIF: #MaxFace

Austin Jackson’s return revs the engine

Kurt: Maybe Leyland has a bleeping point

Links: Porcello is improving

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