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Detroit Tigers Links: Dave Dombrowski best GM in baseball & the amazing Ryan Raburn

Dave Dombrowski continues to prove he's the best GM in baseball, Jim Leyland explains his decision to use Drew Smyly, and the amazing Ryan Raburn. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


Detroit links:

Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland explains decision to use Drew Smyly to face Paul Konerko to start ninth, Chris Iott

The biggest hit of the game came off the bat of Torii Hunter. But until that hit, the biggest hit of the game was a game-tying home run by Paul Konerko off Drew Smyly in the ninth inning.

Cartoons from the recent Tigers games
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

This past Saturday was Max Scherzer’s 29th birthday.

MLB Handling of Biogenesis Scandal Casts Shadow on Game
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

Unlike the random drug tests, MLB decided they would not keep the Biogenesis data to themselves.

This Just In: Dave Dombrowski is Still the Best GM in Baseball
The Daily Fungo, Jim Craddock

This post will not please the mouth-breathing, knuckle-scraping, Sports Radio-calling, Dombrowski haters.

Around the AL Central:

Royals finish road trip with 6-2 win over the Mets
Royals Review

Solid pitching from Santana, timely hitting from the offense and some horrendous defense by Marlon Byrd helped the Royals cruise to victory.

MLB Final Score/Recap: Cleveland Indians 2, Miami Marlins 0
Let's Go Tribe

The Indians eke out a series win in Miami thanks to Scott Kazmir and the bullpen.

Morneau, Arcia Homer as Twins Sweep Astros
Twinkie Town

Behind home runs from Justin Morneau and Oswaldo Arcia, not to mention four shutout innings from the bullpen, the Twins top the Astros and sweep the weekend series.

Tigers 3, White Sox 2: Another extra-inning loss extends futility streak to 10 games
South Side Sox

Sox head home to host the Yankees after the worst road trip in franchise history.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Baseball's innocence lost long before this latest batch of cheats and frauds
The Detroit News, Jerry Green

Bud Selig is stuck with a scandal that is smearing baseball again, a scandal Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis would have handled with aplomb.

Dontrelle Willis joins the Angels on a Minor League deal
HardballTalk, Bill Baer

Willis last pitched in the Majors in 2011 with the Reds, posting a 5.00 ERA in 73.2 innings over 13 starts.

In search of baseball's dumbest rule
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Help us find the most pointless, silliest rule in the baseball rule books.

Report: Alex Rodriguez to be suspended through 2014 season on Monday
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

With Sunday's deadline to agree on a settlement approaching, ESPN's T.J. Quinn and Andrew Marchand are reporting that Major League Baseball will announce on Monday that Alex Rodriguez is suspended through the 2014 season.

The mysterious and amazing Ryan Raburn
SweetSpot Blog, Adam Hintz

Ryan Raburn is awesome. Ryan Raburn is terrible. Both of these statements are true, depending on what season and what month you're talking about.