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Detroit Tigers Links: Joaquin Benoit's transition & Matt Harvey's embarrassing interview

Joaquin Benoit's transition has saved the bullpen this season, USA Today has Josh Donaldson ahead of Miguel Cabrera in MVP race, and Matt Harvey's interview on The Dan Patrick Show was, well, not great. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers links:

Yahoo on Yahoo Says Dumb Things About the Tigers
TigerSnark

Warning: Rogo is mad, you guys. And rightfully so.

MVP tracker: A's slugger building a case
USA Today, Jorge L. Ortiz

The latest compilation shows Donaldson in first with 18.7 points, well ahead of runner-up Cabrera's 13.9.

Benoit's transition saved bullpen, and helped Leyland sleep at night
The Detroit News, John Niyo

This was supposed to be the year the Tigers regretted signing Joaquin Benoit.

Jhonny Peralta probably returning, but MLB needs lifetime ban to get rid of PEDs
Detroit Free Press, Jeff Seidel

They should kick the cheaters out of the game and make them live with Pete Rose in the land of baseball purgatory.

Tigers tap Larry Parrish for third stint as Mud Hens manager
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

Larry Parrish has already had two stints as the manager of the Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate for the Detroit Tigers, and he’ll start a new one next spring.

Video: PASS TV intro to 1984 Tigers division clinching game
The Daily Fungo, Mike McClary

So, this is fun.

Detroit Tigers This & That: History, Peralta and Home Field Advantage
Motor City Bengals, Matt Pelc

The Detroit Tigers head toward a postseason berth on a historic run, why Jhonny Peralta should be on the playoff roster and why home field isn't a big deal.

Around the AL Central:

Twins 4, White Sox 3: John Danks settles down, but not in time
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Early troubles spell doom as Minnesota spoils chance at sweep.

A major league debut in a pennant race
The Hardball Times, Jeff Moore

The Royals hope to catch lightning in a bottle with Yordano Ventura.

Elsewhere in baseball:

The Mariners' historically awful defense
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

At least they can rest easy knowing they're better at defense than the White Sox.

Mike Trout on WAR
FanGraphs Baseball, Eno Sarris

Because what is a day without a Mike Trout/WAR article?

Matt Harvey has had a very educational day
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Oh, boy. It really is terrible.

Yes, the American League's got some young pitchers, too
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

No, the American League's rookie pitchers can't touch the National League's. But it's not like there's no young pitching talent in the Junior Circuit.

Sewage seeps into Athletics dugout at Oakland Coliseum
Yahoo Sports, David Brown

Because of course.