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Detroit Tigers Links: Many questions still loom for Detroit heading into October & the Ned Yost conundrum

Many questions still loom for the Tigers as they head into October, Ned Yost makes another questionable call for the Royals, and one of the worst strike calls you'll see all year. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Tigers links:

Tigers still face questions, but answers will come in October
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

Calamity probably isn't part of the remaining script, not in September, which invites a question about just how ready Jim Leyland's team might be for a playoff series that should begin 19 days from today.

Detroit Tigers' Jose Iglesias continues to make strong case for American League Rookie of the Year honor, James Schmehl

Rookie shortstop Jose Iglesias wants to help the Detroit Tigers clinch their third straight division title. That's his main objective. But make no mistake about it, it's not his only goal.

Tigers' Justin Verlander proud of way he's pitching despite struggles
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe

Justin Verlander laughed Saturday when it was pointed out that he's one of the few pitchers who can have an 'off year' and make the All-Star team, as he has this season.

Phil Coke & Tommy Hunter: Beatles and Stones Songbook
FanGraphs Baseball, David Laurila

Phil Coke and Tommy Hunter know a good song when they hear it.

Another Stat to Make Scherzer and Sanchez Look Good
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

In this post, I'm adding a fourth perspective based on the increasingly popular Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) statistic.

This is why we can't have nice things, Jim Leyland!
Motor City Bengals, Grant Stoye

The stage was set for something incredible. Royals closer Greg Holland had just walked Prince Fielder. One man on, no outs.

Around the AL Central:

Second-guessing a certain manager
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

Did a manager in a big game stick with his starting pitcher too long Sunday afternoon? Sure seems like it now. But what if you'd been managing?

Worth the Wait: Indians wait 4.5 hours, then throttle Chris Sale and the White Sox 7-1
Let's Go Tribe

The Indians won their twelfth straight against the White Sox and are now on the cusp of a wild card spot.

Royals fall 3-2 to Tigers, Ned Yost continues to befuddle
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

Sunday's loss provided more ammunition for the anti-Yost brigade.

Twins 6, Rays 4: Pinto's Three-Run Homer In the Eighth Wins It
Twinkie Town

The Twins find a way to get past David Price. Your full recap and some detailed info following the recap, all at Twinkie Town.

Indians 7, White Sox 1: Swept again
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Tribe rocks Chris Sale for 12th consecutive victory over Chicago this season.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Atlanta Braves Shortstop Andrelton Simmons Will Challenge Your Metaphysical Beliefs
The Triangle Blog, Michael Baumann

The reason we use statistics, whether in sports or in medicine or in demography, is because they help us to see the whole picture.

This is one of the worst strike calls you will see this year
HardballTalk, Bill Baer

The scene: Nationals trail the Phillies 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh.

Who to root for? Ranking the contenders
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Your team is out of it, but you still love baseball. You intend keep checking box scores and watching the big games these final two weeks.