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Detroit Tigers Links: Jose Veras joins Detroit's bullpen & David Ortiz avoids suspension

Jose Veras joins Detroit's bullpen after trade with Houston, the Tigers are not seeking a shortstop, and David Ortiz avoids suspension. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


AL Central Standings

Detroit 59 45 .567 0 Won 3
Cleveland 57 48 .542 2.5 Won 5
Kansas City 51 51 .500 7 Won 6
Minnesota 45 57 .441 13 Lost 1
Chicago 40 63 .388 18.5 Lost 4

(updated 7.29.2013 at 7:55 PM PDT)

Tigers links:

Joe Who? The Detroit Tigers Do Not Need A Closer
Walkoff Woodward, Grey Papke

Another day, another set of Tigers-related reliever rumors, but this time with a new wrinkle.

When last-place closers go to contenders
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Jose Veras found the opportunity of his career in Houston, where the Astros gave him a chance to close.

MLB Trade Deadline: Astros deal Jose Veras
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

The highest-paid Astro is Wandy Rodriguez, who is a Pirate. The second-highest-paid Astro is Bud Norris, who will soon be on another team.

Concern Over the Elephant in the Room

Despite a narrow first place lead in the AL Central as July comes to a close, the Tigers have seen a lot go wrong this year.

Reports: Detroit Tigers not seeking shortstop, not sure how Biogenesis fallout might affect them, Chris Iott

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports went into detail about the tough decision that could face Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, should he be suspended.

Around the AL Central:

MLB Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Let's Go Tribe

Old man Giambi makes the Indians a winner with a walk-off homer in the ninth.

Indians 3, White Sox 2: Jason Giambi's walkoff homer extends misery
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Troncoso taken deep for seventh loss in eight games, but offense remains the bigger problem.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Possible season-ending injury for Albert Pujols points to a fresh start for 2014
The Strike Zone, Cliff Corcoran

Pujols is seeing a specialist on Monday to determine if he will need surgery on his foot, but with a minimum six-week recovery time, chances are he’s done for the season.

Active players who will be Hall of Famers
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Albert Pujols was placed on the disabled list on Sunday, sort of the exclamation point to the Los Angeles Angels' debacle of a season.

Former MLB pitcher Frank Castillo dead at age 44 after drowning in an Arizona lake
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

Ex-MLB pitcher Frank Castillo went for a swim Sunday, leaving the pontoon boat he was aboard with a friend at Bartlett Lake in Arizona, and never returned.

David Ortiz avoids suspension after tantrum
HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot

David Ortiz's dugout tirade in Saturday's game against the Orioles might yet see him fined, but it won't result in any sort of suspension.

More Roars

Trade deadline 2013 coverage

Tigers GIFS | On Twitter: @TigersGIFS

Tigers minor league scores and coverage