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Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera the entertainer & ranking the best young pitchers

Miguel Cabrera is almost as good an entertainer as he is a baseball player, Jeremy Bonderman earned more than a win, and ranking the best young pitchers. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


AL Central Standings

Detroit 68 45 .601 0 Won 12
Cleveland 62 53 .539 7 Lost 4
Kansas City 59 53 .526 8.5 Won 2
Minnesota 49 62 .441 18 Lost 1
Chicago 43 69 .383 24.5 Won 3

(updated 8.8.2013 at 8:39 PM PDT)

Tigers links:

Learning Lessons, with Danny Salazar and Miguel Cabrera
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan

Last year, Miguel Cabrera won the American League Triple Crown and the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

Here we go again: Mike Trout more valuable than Miguel Cabrera, says ESPN analyst
Detroit Free Press, Brian Manzullo

Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout, round two. It's happening.

Tigers are way overdue in retiring numbers of Whitaker, Trammell
The Detroit News, Tony Paul

The Tigers should've retired Nos. 1 and 3 years ago, honoring second baseman Lou Whitaker and shortstop Alan Trammell - long before Jose Iglesias was given No. 1 last month after arriving in a trade with the Red Sox.

Bonderman earns more than a win in Tigers return
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

The last time Jeremy Bonderman earned a win in a Tigers uniform, he was a starter wrapping up his Detroit tenure.

Miguel Cabrera, entertainer
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Miguel Cabrera is an entertainer, first and foremost. Look at his selflessness, his teamwork, his ability to light up a crowd.

Crazy Mike Puts the Band Back Together

DAVE DOMBROWSKI: (on phone) Yes. We’re quite pleased with the team’s performance as of late.

The triumphant return.
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

Who got the win with a three-inning relief pitching effort (very) late last night?

Around the AL Central:

MLB Final Score/Recap: Detroit Tigers 10, Cleveland Indians 3
Let's Go Tribe

When the highlight of the evening was Ryan Raburn's pitching, you know it was bad.

Dayton the Pessimist, Royals Go 16 and 4 with Win.
Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman

Bruce Chen with a gem.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Teen befriended by Matt Kemp passes away
HardballTalk, D.J. Short

Sad news to pass along courtesy of our friends at Yahoo! Sports. Joshua Jones, the young fan who was be befriended by Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp earlier this year, has passed away following a battle with brain cancer. He was just 19 years old.

Former Biogenesis employee Porter Fischer feels 'bullied' by MLB
ESPN, Mike Fish

The whistle-blower who turned the Biogenesis clinics ties to professional baseball players into a national scandal says he feels bullied by Major League Baseball.

SweetSpot TV: Ranking best young pitchers
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

We have a great matchup Thursday afternoon between rookie starters Jose Fernandez of the Marlins and Gerrit Cole of the Pirates.

Harry Caray and Bill Murray chatting at Wrigley Field’s first night game makes us wish it were 1988
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

The first night game at Wrigley Field happened 25 years ago on Thursday — Aug. 8, 1988.