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Detroit Tigers links: The baseball world erupts in reaction to the Cardinals hacking scandal

The fallout from the ongoing F.B.I. investigation into St. Louis Cardinals' employees hacking of the Houston Astros' databases continues.

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St. Louis Cardinals F.B.I. investigation: Why would the organization's employees hack the Houston Astros? - Viva El Birdos, Ben Humphrey

Our old friends at Viva El Birdos attempt to unpack the scandal that's rocked their organization. Was there really a serious baseball intelligence motive? Or was this a personal beef gone way out of control?

Victor Martinez singles for Toledo, remains on track to join Detroit Tigers on Friday in New York |, Chris Iott

After a 1-for-5 day on Wednesday, Victor is now hitting .294 in his rehab assignment, with a double, three RBI, and two strikeouts. Plans for his return to active duty have not yet been announced, but he'll be back with the team Friday, and it seems likely that barring any setbacks, he'll return to the lineup this weekend.

Detroit Tigers convert young right-hander Drew VerHagen to reliever in minors: 'He has embraced it' |, Chris Iott

VerHagen has been a popular choice for fifth starter of the future, so this is a bit of a surprise. The Tigers feel his arsenal will play up in a relief role.

MLB needs to drop the hammer on the Cardinals regardless of front office complicity - MLB Daily DishMike Bates

Bates argues that regardless of the F.B.I. investigation and potential criminal charges, MLB has entered a new era filled with potential for corporate espionage. Commissioner Rob Manfred has to send a powerful message to all 30 teams by enacting stern punitive measures against the Cardinals, regardless of complicity by it's management in the invasion of the Houston Astros' proprietary databases.

Tigers being patient with Castellanos |, Jason Beck

The Tigers are showing faith in Nick Castellanos as he works through changes in his swing and approach. That work is going to be allowed to play out before they contemplate any demotion. Without any quality replacements in the system, Nick is going to get every chance to turn it around--at least until the trade deadline looms.

MLB's instant replay 'system needs to be fixed,' according to Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus |, Brendan Savage

Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus is pretty displeased with what he sees as a very different approach to replay interpretation this season.

The Legal Implications of the Cardinals’ Alleged Hacking | FanGraphs BaseballNathaniel Grow

A contextualized breakdown of the specific statutes that appear to be in play in the Cardinals' case, how they may be expected to play out in the legal process, and the potential penalties.

Miguel Cabrera plays catch with a young fan and makes a wish come true |, Mark Pierce

The Make-a-Wish Foundation does great work. Leave it to Miguel and Ian Kinsler to make sure an arranged meeting turns into an even more memorable day at the ballpark for one young fan batting a serious illness.

The Double Play: Justin Verlander Brings the Heat in Double-Breasted Suits - ForbesLife, Hunter Atkins

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander talks about the good life, and why he's still hungry for more.

Baseball's best shortstops visualized - Beyond the Box Score, Scott Lindholm

Yeah the Tigers are getting some serious value and performance at shortstop. Will we have to visualize Jose Iglesias into the All-Star game?

The Physics of Calling Pitches from Your Sofa – The Hardball Times, David Kagan

Warning: There is geometry involved. David Kagan breaks down the difference between the game in person, and the game on television.

10 Most Expensive MLB Stadiums |, Travers Korch

A look at the cost of attendance around the league. Let's just say you don't always get what you pay for.

The Mariners continue to hit the ball hard – and it hasn't mattered - Lookout Landing, Colin O'Keefe

Hitting the ball hard is the whole point isn't it? For the woeful and pot-committed Seattle Mariners, it hasn't done a thing for them.

Playing the right way? | FOX Sports, John Baker

Everyone wants baseball to be played "the right way" but that's a phrase with a thousand different interpretations.

2015 MLB trade deadline preview: Oakland Athletics - MLB Daily Dish, Matt Goldman

2015 trade deadline preview: Philadelphia Phillies - MLB Daily Dish, Jordan Freemyer

Dave Dombrowski's summer catalogs are starting to arrive...