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Detroit Tigers Links: Justin Verlander returns to vintage form & Omar Infante scratched from rehab start

Justin Verlander returned to vintage form just in time, Omar Infante was scratched from his rehab start, and the American League's best young players by position. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Jason Miller

AL Central Standings

Detroit 67 45 .598 0 Won 11
Cleveland 62 52 .544 6 Lost 3
Kansas City 58 53 .523 8.5 Won 1
Minnesota 49 62 .441 17.5 Lost 1
Chicago 42 69 .378 24.5 Won 2

(updated 8.7.2013 at 9:18 PM PDT)

Tigers links:

Tigers ace Justin Verlander returns to vintage form just in time
The Detroit News, John Niyo

And against the Cleveland Indians no less. 'Tis a beautiful thing.

Jose Iglesias as this year's Orlando Cabrera
Baseball Nation, Jason Brannon

How can he be Orlando Cabrera if he's Jose Iglesias? I mean ... oh nevermind.

Miguel Cabrera reaches 100 RBIs, but that's not what's most impressive
The Strike Zone, Jay Jaffe

No, what's most impressive is that right now he continues to do it at about 70 percent. He is not human.

Tigers can start printing playoff tickets
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

I mean ... ugh. There's still a lot of baseball left to play.

Infante scratched from rehab start with sore left ankle
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Wamp, wamp, wamp.

Around the AL Central:

Indians buy high on Ryan Raburn, but it’s OK
HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot

Is it OK? Is it?

You coulda been more gnar, braj
Royals Review, Craig Brown

Duffy throws fire, struggles with command as the Royals win again.

Elsewhere in baseball:

25-and-Under: The American League's best young players by position
Sporting News, Ryan Fagan

One Detroit Tiger made the list. Can you guess who?

MLB’s ‘high-tech’ Biogenesis investigation included Facebook stalking and IM sleuthing
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

I only linked to this for the picture of A-Rod and his hideously amazing (amazingly hideous?) frosted tips.

The Stats Go Marching In: Is it Time to Lift the Ban on Left-Handed Catchers?
Baseball Prospectus, Max Marchi

A new argument in favor of reviving a long-extinct species.