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Detroit Tigers Links: Justin Verlander responds to Jack Clark & Mariano Rivera's struggles

Justin Verlander responds to Jack Clark's PED claims, Mariano Rivera's unprecedented struggles, and more on the Miguel Cabrera/Mike Trout debate. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Tigers links:

Think the Tigers are dangerous now? Well just wait until Prince Fielder starts hitting
The Detroit News, John Niyo

Fielder has just one homer in his last 25 games, and now five in his last 59 after Saturday's game in the Bronx.

When position players pitch, we experience true magic.
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

I don’t even have time to scan this in, let alone color it properly, but I cannot let this pass by without a cartoon. So here it is, cruddy phone image and all.

The A.L. MVP and the Mike Trout/Miguel Cabrera debate that wasn't
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

It would have been a good sequel. But Mike Trout's team isn't good, and Miguel Cabrera's team isn't.

Michigan baseball fan to visit all 30 MLB stadiums in 30 days for charity
Big League Stew , Mark Townsend

It's the trip every baseball fan has dreamed of making at one time or another during their life, and for Eric Mueller of Hartford, MI the time to live his dream has arrived as he approaches his milestone 50th birthday.

Verlander answers former big-leaguer Jack Clark's PED allegations: 'Clearly, he doesn't know what he's talking about'
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

Verlander told reporters Friday, including the Detroit News' Lynn Henning, saying of Clark "clearly, he doesn't know what he's talking about."

Around the AL Central:

MLB Final Score/Recap: Cleveland Indians 6, LA Angels 5
Let's Go Tribe

The Indians aren't quite dead yet.

Alex Gordon shines in Royals 4-3 victory
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

Kansas City - where AL East contenders fear to tread.

Twins 5, White Sox 2: Dozier, Mauer Back Corriea
Twinkie Town

The Twins polish off a strong weekend in Chicago by taking Sunday's contest for a three-win trip to the Windy City.

Twins 5, White Sox 2: Outhomered at home
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Minnesota knocks Jose Quintana out after five innings with two homers, which was a recurring theme all series.

Royals enjoying rare opportunity to win
SweetSpot Blog, Jerry Crasnick

The baseball season is a lot more interesting in Kansas City than it was two weeks ago, when general manager Dayton Moore assessed the limited options at his disposal and turned Kauffman Stadium into a news-free zone at the trade deadline.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Should the Phillies fire Charlie Manuel now?
HardballTalk, Bill Baer

Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer suggests that the Phillies should do right by Charlie Manuel and remove the uncertainty about his future by letting him go before the season is over.

Mariano Rivera’s unprecedented struggle overshadows Yankees’ dramatic win
The Strike Zone, Jay Jaffe

Such is the greatness of Mariano Rivera that his rare failures only further underscore his superlative career.

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