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Detroit Tigers Links: Darin Downs is not on the Tigers roster & Billy Hamilton's MLB debut

Austin Jackson and Billy Hamilton both stole bases, Darin Downs gets left off the list of September call-ups, and Chase Utley responds to It's Always Sunny. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 81 58 .582 0 Lost 1
Cleveland 73 65 .528 7.5 Won 1
Kansas City 72 66 .521 8.5 Won 3
Minnesota 61 76 .445 19 Won 3
Chicago 56 81 .408 24 Lost 5

(updated 9.4.2013 at 12:39 AM EDT)


Tigers links:

Detroit Tigers by the (Uniform) Numbers
TigerSnark
Among other things, Rogo isn't happy about Nick Castellanos' big league uniform number.

Rare stolen base gives Tigers' Austin Jackson an extra push
The Detroit News, Tom Gage
Jackson's lower steal totals might upset some fantasy owners, but they haven't stopped him from staying on a 100-run pace despite missing some time on the DL earlier this season.

Left behind: A look at players on 40-man roster, disabled list, restricted list who are not with Tigers
MLive, Chris Iott
It's a bit surprising to see Downs left off the roster when he was having a solid year prior to his injury.

Around the AL Central:

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4, Baltimore Orioles 3
Let's Go Tribe
Chris Perez nearly blew it, but the Indians still won.

Yankees 6, White Sox 4: Nobody has Chris Sale's back
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
Which awesome player on a terrible team would you rather have: Chris Sale or Mike Trout?

Royals edge Mariners, stay Wild Card relevant
Royals Review, Craig Brown
I like that the Tampa Bay Rays have decided to make the Wild Card race exciting again.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

September is the best month of the baseball season
ESPN, Jerry Crasnick
September baseball is more fun than playoff baseball because there are games everyday and commercial breaks don't last five minutes. Now, fix the roster eligibility rules and we're good.

Ryan Braun To Sit Out Entire Jewish Holiday Season
Cespedes Family Barbecue
If you aren't reading this site and following @CespedesBBQ on Twitter, you're doing it wrong.

Chase Utley Makes "Always Sunny" Character's Dream Come True
BuzzFeed
I feel dirty for even linking BuzzFeed, but it was either that or another unnamed blog with a zillion pop-up video ads. Anyway, this is awesome, especially if you're a fan of It's Always Sunny.

Was Barry Zito's contract really so terrible?
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
I hope that we see an article or two about this after Prince Fielder's contract expires, if only because it means we won a couple of championships.

Video: Billy Hamilton picks up first career stolen base
HardballTalk, Drew Silva
Not to take anything away from Hamilton, who is probably the fastest guy in the majors now, but he's out if Yadier Molina's throw is on line.