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A look at the second half of the Major League Baseball season, the union won't protect PED users, and the meaning of Roger Maris. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Tigers links:

Second Half Questions
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

The all-star break is worst part of the season for me with no real baseball games for four days, but I haven't stopped thinking about baseball.

Grading the Detroit Tigers at the Break: Bullpen
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

For the bullpen, I’m only grading pitchers with at least 20 innings pitched.

Miguel Cabrera is going to hit .730
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

The difference: Cespedes Family Barbecue is doing it with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek.

Detroit Tigers haven't underachieved so far this year, poised for good second half
Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp

The pluses with this team far outweigh the minuses.

Less than reliable bullpen has Tigers seeking relief
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski's motivation is plain to anyone who has followed a first-place team that has an ongoing headache.

Myth vs. reality: A deeper look at three issues that have held the Detroit Tigers back this season
MLive.com, Chris Iott

The bullpen gets most of the blame when the Tigers lose a close game in the late innings or extra innings.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Michael Weiner, MLBPA head, says union won't protect PED users
ESPN

The baseball players' association may not go to bat for every player involved in Major League Baseball's latest drug investigation.

AL players to watch
SweetSpot Blog, Jason Collette

Over half of the teams in the American League are over .500 and five teams are within three games of the wild-card spots.

Big League Stew’s midseason look at MLB awards: Rookie of the Year candidates
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

Time will tell when it comes to their entire careers, but the rookie talent in the American League has not measured up to the National League side.

The meaning of Roger Maris
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Baseball has a new beacon of truth, and it's the same guy who was history's arch-nemesis 52 years ago.

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