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Detroit Tigers Links: Max Scherzer is an early favorite for AL Cy Young & Alex Rodriguez joins Twitter

Max Scherzer is an early favorite to win AL Cy Young, Dave Dombrowski is analyzing options for the bullpen, and Alex Rodriguez joins Twitter -- maybe. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Jonathan Daniel

Tigers links:

Move Over, Justin Verlander: Max Scherzer Is The Detroit Tigers' New Ace
Forbes, Micheline Maynard

The past two years have been a roller coaster for Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer.

Tigers won't reach full potential until Victor Martinez starts hitting
The Detroit News, John Niyo

Three weeks shy of the All-Star break, the Tigers sit comfortably in first place in the AL Central.

Dave Dombrowski: Detroit Tigers analyzing internal, external options for bullpen help, Josh Slagter

Dombrowski: "We're trying to win. So you're analyzing other club's players."

Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer the favorite for AL Cy Young, says ESPN analyst
Detroit Free Press, Brian Manzullo

It's crazy to think that the Detroit Tigers pitcher favored to win the American League Cy Young award right now isn't Justin Verlander.

Local Idiot Overreacts to Justin Verlander's Struggles

We’ve gone several weeks since the scourge of mLive has been able to come up with something to complain about with the Tigers.

Drew Smyly Should Not Be the Detroit Tigers’ Closer
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

Drew Smyly has made this year’s transition to the bullpen better than anyone could have imagined.

Around the AL Central:

Royals Waste Hosmer Dong-Hanging, Lose to Atlanta, Dropping Fifth of Six
Royals Review, Josh Duggan

Hosmer lends credence to Craig's inkling that he may be on the way to salvation. Royals still lose.

MLB Final Score: Baltimore Orioles 6, Cleveland Indians 3
Let's Go Tribe

"Are you Santa Claus" "No kid, I'm Alexi Casilla."

White Sox 5, Mets 4: Winning without honor
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

A botched pop-up in the ninth keeps Chris Sale winless in June, but allows Alexei Ramirez to redeem himself.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Alex Rodriguez, welcome to Twitter, a place you never should have come
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

Alex Rodriguez in on Twitter now — or one of his handlers is.

Cubs give Carlos Marmol his walking papers
HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman

As expected the Cubs just released Ian Stewart from Triple-A, but they also made an even bigger move by designating Carlos Marmol for assignment.

Footspeed and Forcing Errors: A Case Study
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan

Defensive errors have been a part of baseball history forever, but we seldom ever talk about them now.

More Roars

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