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Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera named AL Player of the Month & Tigers prepare for MLB Draft

Miguel Cabrera is good at baseball, the MLB draft is coming up, and Drew Smyly isn't being used properly. These stories and more things you probably already know in today's Morning Prowl.

Greg Fiume

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera named AL Player of the Month after hitting .379 with 12 homers in May
MLive, James Schmehl
I think I'm more impressed that NL Player of the Month Domonic Brown nearly matched Cabrera's totals, though the record RBI pace is pretty cool.

Baseball America Expert Draft Tabs SS Tim Anderson for Detroit Tigers in First Round
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder
I'd be happy with this (or any position player, really) with the Tigers' first pick. It would be really nice to develop a homegrown middle infielder for once.

The MVP Will Come Out Tomorrow
Walkoff Woodward, Ryan Callery

"Miggy is so good at hitting round objects that he will replace Bruce Willis in Armageddon 2 and has donated his bat to NASA for their asteroid defense program to study."

Major League Baseball's draft may be dull, but it's critical - just ask the Tigers
The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching
You would think that the Tigers' draft luck (or lack thereof) would start to change at some point.

Smyly Among Top AL Relievers, But Is He Being Used Optimally?
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
Not only is Smyly the team's best reliever, he's the second best reliever in the American League in terms of runs saved. Make him the closer or something -- anything -- to get him higher leverage innings.

Bracket: Who is the state's most-hated opponent?
Detroit Free Press
This is excellent, but Claude Lemieux better win this by an avalanche of votes (I'll show myself out).

Around the AL Central:

MLB Final Score/Recap: New York Yankees 7, Cleveland Indians 4. Asdrubal Cabrera leaves game with serious injury, Justin Masterson gives up seven runs.
Let's Go Tribe
Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam for the Yankees and Justin Masterson looked very 2012-like for the Indians in this one.

The unfortunate second coming of Gordon Beckham
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
As long as he continues to hit .239/.327/.429 against the Tigers, I'm fine with this. Also, I was surprised to see he's still only 26 years old.

Five guys the Twins will definitely not draft
Twinkie Town, Jon Marthaler
Rick Funto seems like he would really get after it.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

The Explosive Rebirth of Domonic Brown
Grantland, Bill Barnwell
Brown has a lower walk rate than Delmon Young this season. You'd think someone would have intentionally walked him during his scorching hot May, but he ended the month with ZERO free passes.

Report: Likely top-five draft pick Jonathan Gray tests positive for Adderall
HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
Why is Adderall a banned substance in the first place?

More Roars:

FanPost: Don’t bench V-Mart

Overanalysis: Phil Coke wasn’t that bad Sunday

FanPost: Don Kelly belongs in the majors

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