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Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera should rest before postseason & Manny Machado suffers gruesome knee injury

Miguel Cabrera should rest before the postseason, the quality of opposition in the AL Cy Young race, and Manny Machado suffers gruesome knee injury. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Tigers links:

Column: Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland should sit Miguel Cabrera with AL Central title nearly wrapped up, James Schmehl

The Tigers have proven that they're more than capable of winning games without Miguel Cabrera. So let them. Sit Cabrera for the final five or six games in preparation for the playoffs.

The Quality of Opposition Factor in the AL Cy Young Race
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron

The AL Cy Young race has gotten pretty interesting. A month ago, Max Scherzer looked like a near lock. However, he’s gone 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in his last five starts.

The MVP case for Miguel Cabrera
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

We're making the MVP cases today for the five top AL contenders. Here's the case for Miguel Cabrera.

Miguel Cabrera must rest before playoffs, but how much?
Detroit Free Press, Jeff Seidel

I'd play Cabrera tonight and Tuesday in Minnesota, making sure the Tigers clinch their third straight American League Central title.

Sending Justin Verlander to Tigers' bullpen for playoffs a ridiculous idea
The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching

A former Cy Young Award winner asked to move to the bullpen for the benefit of his team? What is this, 2012?

Pretty pretty princesses: Tigers pay high price for their rookie status
The Detroit News

Tiger newbies dressed up as princesses on Sunday and posed for pictures in the Comerica Park clubhouse, and pitcher Darin Downs decided to share it with everyone on his Instagram account.

Around the AL Central:

AL Central: state of the division as the season ends
The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe

A look at how things are shaping up as the season is about to ship out.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Scott Boras and playing the World Series at a neutral site
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Scott Boras thinks the World Series would be better if it opened with two games at a neutral site. Is he on to something?

Manny Machado carted off the field on a stretcher after gruesome knee injury
Yahoo Sports, Mike Oz

Manny Machado, the exciting young Baltimore Orioles third baseman, was taken off the field on a stretcher Monday, after suffering a knee injury that looks like it will end his impressive 2013 season.

Maybe MLB needs a draft lottery, too
HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot

In case you missed it, the Astros, by virtue of losing their ninth straight game, clinched the first overall pick in 2014 MLB draft.

Spoiler Alert! Eight MLB Teams With Dream-Crushing Potential
The Triangle Blog, Shane Ryan

It must be nice to make the playoffs. As a long-suffering Yankee fan, I probably won't get to experience that joy this season, and it's been a long time — almost a full year — since we've even sniffed the postseason.