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Detroit Tigers Links: Jim Leyland's choice in relievers & 50 Tigers' whipping boys

Jim Leyland's choice in relievers can be confusing, previewing the Tigers' middle infield, and 50 of Detroit's past whipping boys. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Tigers links:

Jim Leyland’s Curious Choice of Relievers
FanGraphs Baseball, Paul Swydan

Curious indeed.

Verlander Not the King This Year
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

This year, Verlander has only one of the top ten game scores and that came versus the light-hitting Astros.

Previewing the Detroit Tigers' 2014 Middle Infield Dilemma
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

Jhonny Peralta, Omar Infante, and Ramon Santiago all carry contracts that are due to expire at the end of the season.

With Miguel Cabrera, don't key on RBI total
SweetSpot Blog, Bill Baer

Miguel Cabrera has played in all 53 of his team's games, driving in a league-best 61 runs.

Fifty Tigers Whipping Boys from the Past Decade

Whatever you want to call it, there’s nothing Detroit fans seem to like more than singling out a member of the Tigers and deciding that he is the root of all evil. We all do it.

Vintage baseball players step back in time at old Tiger Stadium site
Detroit Free Press, Elisha Anderson

Stepping back nearly 150 years in time, the ballplayers who took to the field Sunday at the old Tiger Stadium site in Detroit's Corktown played by a vintage set of rules.

Around the AL Central:

MLB Final Score/Recap: Tampa Bay Rays 11, Cleveland Indians 3. Zach McAllister shelled for first time all season.
Let's Go Tribe

Zach McAllister hadn't given up more than three earned runs in a game this season. That streak ended today.

SSDD: Royals fail to provide starting pitcher with run support, lose baseball game
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

This one was tough to witness.

Twins 10, Mariners 0: The Same Jeremy Bonderman We Know and Love
Twinkie Town

The Twins got out the Boom Sticks today.

Athletics 2, White Sox 0: Shut out again, swept again
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Chris Sale had to be perfect to give the Sox a chance to win this game, and he wasn't.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Teams will be wearing some ugly hats on the Fourth of July
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Spare me your patriotic talk. Not everything that has the stars and stripes on it is worthy of praise.

111-year-old Bernando LaPallo visits third different Yankees ballpark
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

That’s right, at 111 years young, LaPallo has been alive longer than the New York Yankees have been the New York Yankees.

Inventing a new category of bad trade for Chris Davis
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Not all bad trades are created equal. For example, the Dodgers traded Pedro Martinez for Delino DeShields. Hilarious, right?

More Roars:

Monday’s links

GIF of the day: Torii Hunter dupes the umpire

Patrick: Tigers should scrap the closer role

Patrick: Do the Tigers have the league’s best offense?