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Detroit Tigers Links: The Tigers' rotation is a mess & Robbie Ray could replace Anibal Sanchez

The Tigers' rotation is a mess right now, Robbie Ray could replace Anibal Sanchez while he's on the DL, and baseball's worst rule is dead.

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Tigers links:

Rainout puts Detroit Tigers' pitching rotation in further flux
etroit Free Press, John Lowe

They already had a few starters going longer than usual between starts this week, even with No. 5 starter Drew Smyly sent back to the bullpen temporarily.

Tigers far from perfect, but again they do enough to win
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs, Max Scherzer struck out 10 and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox, 7-4, Thursday. Cabrera hit a pair of two-out singles for his RBIs.

Analysis: Robbie Ray appears to be top candidate to replace Anibal Sanchez in rotation for Detroit Tigers, Chris Iott

Ray is 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in four starts for Triple-A Toledo this season.

Tigers Organization Depth Has Gone Missing
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum

Some of you might be wondering whether the Tigers ought to call up Robbie Ray to make a spot start or two while Anibal Sanchez' torn callous heals.

Shift in Pitch Selection Works well for Drew Smyly
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

The Tigers bullpen, specifically right hander Evan Reed and southpaw Ian Krol, blew a lead late and the Tigers lost to the White Sox 6-4 last night.

Around the AL Central:

Danny Salazar great, but Indians lose because their offense is terrible
Let's Go Tribe, Jason Lukehart

The Cleveland Indians lost 4-1 on Sunday to the San Francisco Giants, wasting a great start by Danny Salazar.

Omar Infante drives in six runs, Royals win 9-3
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

Good things happen when you collect extra base hits.

White Sox 9, Rays 2: Scott Carroll follows the script
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Rookie outduels Tampa Bay ace thanks to errors, Jose Abreu

Will Abreu's numbers add up in the stands?
SweetSpot Blog, Christina Kahri

With first baseman Jose Abreu busting out big in the early going, you can’t help but get a little more excited about the White Sox than you might have been before the season.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Common sense prevails with transfer rule update
The Strike Zone, Jay Jaffe

Four weeks into the season, Major League Baseball has ordered umpires to revert to a common-sense approach when ruling on whether a catch has been made, correcting a problem that had sprung up repeatedly as an unintended consequence of the expanded instant replay system.

Baseball’s Worst Rule is Dead
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron

11 days ago, I wrote about baseball’s new definition of a catch, and how the interpretation of the rule created some ridiculous problems for baserunners on fly balls to the outfield.

Simulating and Identifying Platoon Players
The Hardball Times, Max Weinstein

Platoons, they are great when they work out.

What If All Baseball Players Were Fat?
Deadspin, Timothy Burke

Upon several viewings of Bartolo Colon's hilarious plate appearances, the Deadspin staff discussed what baseball would be like if every player looked like the husky Mets hurler.

MLB could re-examine pine tar rules during the offseason
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

Possible changes would not come until after the season.