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Detroit Tigers fans may fall in love with Ian Kinsler, the growing pains of rookie Nick Castellanos, and Brayan Villarreal gets a World Series ring.

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ESPN writer: Justin Verlander is MLB's most 'indispensable,' three other Detroit Tigers in top 10
MLive.com, Josh Slagter

Detroit's vulnerability: What if an injury happens to a starting pitcher?

Tigers fans could fall in love with Ian Kinsler
The Detroit News, Tony Paul

Trying to make sense of what went down at Comerica Park Saturday, when the Tigers held on for dear life to beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-6, and remain baseball's lone undefeated team.

Analysis: Detroit Tigers can't get 'W' for Justin Verlander, but a lot to like in strong homestand
MLive.com, James Schmehl

The Detroit Tigers refuse to sulk after their 3-1 loss to Baltimore on Sunday. Nor should they. The Tigers finished their season-opening homestand with a 4-1 record, best in baseball.

One Week In The Books
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

The biggest disappointment so far though has been closer Joe Nathan who has not been sharp at all.

The Growing Pains of Detroit Tigers' Rookie Nick Castellanos
Motor City Bengals, Josie Parnell

Detroit Tigers' rookie Nick Castellanos hasn't been perfect, but has shown drive and talent.

Around the AL Central:

Royals bullpen, offense flounder in 5-1 loss to White Sox
Royals Review, Connor Moylan

Bleh.

Indians lose rubber match to Twins as Justin Masterson struggles
Let's Go Tribe, Jason Lukehart

The Cleveland Indians lost Sunday afternoon's rubber match to the Minnesota Twins by a score of 10-7, as starting pitcher Justin Masterson struggled and the offense couldn't capitalize on a number of opportunities.

Twins 10, Indians 7: Very Hit, Such Offense
Twinkie Town

Chris Colabello: from independent ball, right into your heart.

White Sox 5, Royals 1: Chris Sale doesn't blink
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus

Ace stops losing streak with eight scoreless innings with help from another late surge

Elsewhere in baseball:

The Games are Already Mattering
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan

One of my favorite tools we have here is our Playoff Odds page. I used to make frequent use of Cool Standings, and I keep track of hockey playoff odds at Sports Club Stats.

Derek Jeter passes Paul Molitor to move into eighth on all-time hit list
HardballTalk, Bill Baer

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is already a Hall of Famer, but he still has some business with the record books to take care of before his time is up.

Brayan Villarreal gets World Series ring despite facing (and walking) one batter
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

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