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Detroit Tigers Links: Anibal Sanchez's Cy Young odds & grading baseball's unwritten rules

Anibal Sanchez's Cy Young odds, grading baseball's unwritten rules, and was the Tigers' singing hot dog vendor fired for being anti-ketchup? These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Brian Kersey

Tigers links:

Detroit Tigers' Anibal Sanchez pitches way into Cy Young conversation as team close in on division title
MLive.com, Chris Iott

I just think it's pretty awesome that two Tigers' pitchers not named Justin Verlander are currently in the Cy Young conversation.

Chapman, Rondon, and Two Types of 100
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan

According to the best data I can access, so far this year there have been 425 pitches thrown at least 100 miles per hour.

Miguel Cabrera has three hits (all singles) in September
Yahoo Sports, David Brown

My favorite comment in the article: "one trick overweight pony is nothing but a DH." Man, I adore sports fans.

Was The Tigers' Singing Hot Dog Vendor Fired For Being Anti-Ketchup?
Deadspin, Dom Cosentino

Just in case you're not entirely sick of this story yet.

Baseball's best ballpark statues
Baseball Nation, Larry Granillo

And lest we forget the two, freakishly big statues of tigers that guard the left field scoreboard. No, they are not human. But they are baseball legends in their own right, I'd like to believe.

Around the AL Central:

Athletics 8, Twins 2: Diamond Beat Back Into Coal
Twinkie Town

If you're a Twins fan and you're a glutton for punishment, read this game recap.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Grading the unwritten rules: Jose Fernandez
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Turns out the Braves are the whining equivalent of an entire sandbox full of children. Or ... one Josh Hamilton.

Plenty of awards remain up for grabs in final two weeks
SI.com, Cliff Corcoran

With two weeks left in the regular season, there's a general consensus about who is going to win most of the major player awards.

How important is lineup construction to a team's success?
Sporting News, Jese Spector

There is a Leyland joke in here somewhere. But I'm going to bite my tongue.

A-Rod is the "face of baseball" among people who aren’t really baseball fans
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

That can be said about the entire Yankees organization in general, no? I mean, if you ask a non-baseball fan or casual baseball fan who their favorite team is, chances are they'll say the Yankees. This should surprise no one. Before A-Rod, it was Derek Jeter.