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Detroit Tigers Links: Jim Leyland says closer problem 'blown out of proportion' & Homer Bailey throws second career no-hitter

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Jim Leyland says the closer problem is "blown out of proportion," how the Tigers catchers are doing defensively, and Homer Bailey throws second career no-hitter. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tom Szczerbowski


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Cleveland 45 38 .542 0 Won 5
Detroit 44 38 .536 0.5 Won 1
Kansas City 38 42 .475 5.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 36 44 .450 7.5 Lost 3
Chicago 33 47 .412 10.5 Won 1

(updated 7.2.2013 at 8:30 PM PDT)


Tigers links:

Motor City Bengals: Detroit Tigers should focus on winning, not unwritten rules
Detroit Free Press, John Verburg

I'm fine with the unwritten rules of baseball. I'm not fine with the Tigers lack of clutch hitting or their abysmal bullpen. Or the mismanagement of said bullpen. That's why they aren't winning. They just aren't playing good baseball. Period.

How are Tigers Catchers Doing Defensively?
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

Better than they are doing offensively I'd argue.

Justin Verlander: Is Detroit Tigers ace Back on Track?
Rant Sports, Josh McKinney

This article makes my head hurt. Also, going late into games doesn't necessarily mean you're "back." It means, you've done well enough to not warrant bringing in a less than reliable bullpen. Verlander is still not himself in my opinion.

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland to CBS Radio: Closer issue 'blown out of proportion'
MLive.com, Diamond Leung

No, Leyland. Just ... no.

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 5, Orioles 2: John Danks' strong effort snaps skid
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Backed by a couple homers, hard-luck lefty goes seven innings for rare victory.

Elsewhere in baseball:

The longest position-player-pitching droughts in history
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Don Kelly pitching. Definitely one of my more memorable moments as a Tigers fan.

Cam Newton quit baseball fearing he’d get hit
Big League Stew, David Brown

When you actually think about it, it makes perfect sense. Being that it's Cam Newton and all.

Jonathan Papelbon says Yasiel Puig on All-Star team would be 'a joke'
ESPN
I don't necessarily disagree with what he's saying. But he sounds like a petulant child.

Homer: The Best Name for a Pitcher
Red Reporter

For the second time in his still blossoming career, Homer Bailey threw a no-hitter.