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Justin Verlander hopes to reverse his inconsistencies, the Tigers are worst in baseball at base running, and Yasiel Puig gets hit with $12 million lawsuit. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Tigers links:

Tigers have room to improve in second half, and they'll need to
The Detroit News, Bob Wojnowski

The Tigers have the most-feared hitter and two of the top pitchers in baseball.

Tigers Worst in Baseball at Base Running
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

A reader asked me today if I would give an update on the Tigers base running statistics this year.

Justin Verlander Looks To Reverse Disturbing Trend
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

Justin Verlander‘s velocity drop in April had everyone talking, but he was still pitching incredibly well and so we tried to shrug it off.

Detroit Tigers star Max Scherzer: A Mizzou Tiger for life
KansasCity.com, Terez A. Paylor

Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer is putting together the kind of season most pitchers only dream of.

Around the AL Central:

MLB Final Score/Recap: Cleveland Indians 7, MInnesota Twins 1
Let's Go Tribe

Justin Masterson flirted with a no-hitter, but ultimately settled for seven one-hit innings.

Kansas City Royals bats quiet in another James Shields start, team loses 4-1 against Detroit Tigers
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

Everything is back to normal now.

Indians 7, Twins 1: Masterson Brings No-Hitter Into Seventh
Twinkie Town

The Twins lose out on the sweep of the Tribe this weekend but still come away winning two of three. Sadly, that doesn't make up for some of today's performances.

White Sox 3, Braves 1: Little things -- and big defense -- finally add up
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Jose Quintana escapes a few bases-loaded jams with a lot of help from his friends, and some by his enemies.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Mark Buehrle on Jays after loss: "Maybe we are overrated."
HardballTalk, Bill Baer

Since an 11-game winning streak that stretched from June 11-23, the Jays have lost 15 of 22 games, including their first two games coming out of the All-Star break.

The best 2013 World Series matchups
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

The 10 Fall Classics you should be rooting for.

Yasiel Puig hit with $12 million lawsuit, accused of being ‘informant’ for Cuban government
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers rookie sensation is being sued for $12 million by Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot, who claims Puig knowingly made false allegations against him and gave false testimony during his 2010 trial in Cuba.