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Detroit Tigers Links: Life after Jim Leyland & Prince Fielder's personal issues

Life after Jim Leyland, Prince Fielder's personal issues, and expanded replay could be added for the playoffs. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Tigers links:

First-place Tigers still facing problems down the stretch
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

First-place baseball teams are supposed to be shining examples of baseball artistry and mechanical precision.

Prince Fielder's off-the-field distraction is an impending divorce
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

There has been plenty of speculation and commentary about Prince Fielder, and why he's struggled at the plate, and glaringly so, in the second half of this season.

Best Tigers Starting Rotation Since 1940s
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

Sabertooth, a poster at, remarked recently that the Tigers starting staff has one of the best Adjusted Earned Run Averages (ERA-) in recent years.

Life After Leyland
Motor City Bengals, Grant Stoye

I know this is early, and probably unwarranted (highly, HIGHLY unwarranted), but I’ve just about had enough of Jim Leyland.

Around the AL Central:

Momentum Thrwarted? Royals Drop Series Finale to Marlins 5-2
Royals Review

Is our run over? Dropping two of three to the last place Marlins only places even more importance on this weekend's showdown with Detroit.

MLB Final Score: Cleveland Indians 8, Minnesota Twins 7 (12 Innings)
Let's Go Tribe

Winning pitcher: Chris Perez.

Cleveland 9, Minnesota 8: Mauer's Big Day at the Plate Ruined by Shaky Bullpen
Twinkie Town

Hey, remember that time during today's game (up until the 8th inning, actually) when the Twins were winning the game against the Cleveland Indians?

Tigers 6, White Sox 4: Unearned runs the difference
South Side Sox

Sox threaten late, ultimately unable to overcome unearned runs.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Finding Value in Pitcher Inconsistency
FanGraphs Baseball, Matt Hunter

I’d like to talk to you today about pitcher evaluation.

Expanded replay being talked about for this year’s playoffs — which is rather odd
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

One idea on table for #MLB owners meetings currently underway in Cooperstown is expanded replay for this year's playoffs.

Lifetime bans and the similarities between gambling and steroids
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

And why it explains why they're treated differently.

A-Rod plans to sue MLB if all 211 games of his suspension aren’t overturned, report says
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

The latest in anonymous What's-A-Rod-Going-To-Do gossip comes from TMZ of all places — pause so you can roll your eyes.