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Detroit Tigers Links: Anibal Sanchez leaves rehab start early & acquiring Jonathan Papelbon would be a mistake

Anibal Sanchez left his rehab start early, Jonathan Papelbon would be an expensive mistake, and Alex Avila will be activated from the DL today. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


AL Central Standings

Cleveland 44 38 .536 0 Won 4
Detroit 43 38 .530 0.5 Lost 3
Kansas City 38 41 .481 4.5 Won 1
Minnesota 36 42 .461 6 Lost 1
Chicago 32 47 .405 10.5 Lost 5

(updated 7.1.2013 at 7:12 PM PDT)

Tigers Links:

Tigers acquiring Jonathan Papelbon would be an expensive mistake
The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching

Looking for a relief pitcher with proven closing experience? Papelbon's your man. But maybe that's not enough for you.

Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander: This year has been a battle for me
Detroit Free Press, Brian Manzullo

'We haven't quite played consistent baseball; the same could be said for myself,' Verlander said on ESPN's 'Mike And Mike In The Morning' today.

Anibal Sanchez leaves rehab start after taking line drive off leg
HardballTalk, D.J. Short

Anibal Sanchez left his minor league rehab start with High-A Lakeland tonight after he was hit in the left leg with a comebacker.

Avila to be activated from DL on Tuesday
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Any lingering question about whether Alex Avila would return from the disabled list on Tuesday when he becomes eligible to be activated was answered after Monday’s game, when Jim Leyland said Avila is coming back.

Reality sets in Detroit Tigers aren't as good as advertised, Pat Caputo

The American League Central race was to be a mismatch, a rout, a romp, a laugher.

Four Bullpen Arms the Detroit Tigers Should Be Targeting
Yahoo! Sports, Kyle Schafer

The Detroit Tigers have backed up the Brink's truck over the last few seasons to bring in top talent, with the goal of winning a World Series.

Around the AL Central:

AL Central: State of the division at midseason
The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe

This has been a very streaky division thus far.

Elsewhere in baseball:

A League of Chris Davis’ Own
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan

In the past I’ve written on a handful of occasions about how sometimes I like to just get lost playing with Barry Bonds‘ statistics.

Diamondbacks and Mets hang ‘Yarnell 19′ jerseys in their dugouts
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

The jerseys hanging in the dugouts of the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets on Monday had nothing to do with baseball.

A look at all of Yasiel Puig's 44 hits in June
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Yasiel Puig hit .436 in his first month in the majors, the highest batting average of any player in June.