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Happy now, gang?

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"People always say they want to assign roles, or relief pitchers would like to know their role," Ausmus said. "But you’ve got to earn a role. It’s as simple as that. And roles aren’t handed out. You’ve got to earn them. Joakim Soria earned the role as a closer. He did it, produced that way, and he did a very good job for us while he was here. If somebody steps up and shows that they can pitch in a certain slot, we’ll put them there. But at this point, I don’t know that we’ve seen that."

Brad Ausmus, per Jason Beck http://beck.mlblogs.com/2015/07/31/wilson-gets-chance-amidst-bullpen-anarchy/

Because you were wondering

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Yes, our rec'd comments come in blue now. We've got it set for Tigers colors!

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Jim Leyland on autographs

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I don't save stuff. I was kidding the guys before the game today, I don't even ask for an autographed ball by anybody, because you can't read the names on it. I've got all kinds of baseballs, you don't know who they are. I don't need an autographed ball from my team or any other team.

Postgame press conference

Note of the Ortiz grand slam

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Each of those four runs were charged to a different pitcher Veras gave up the double to Middlebrooks. Smyly walked Ellsbury. Alburquerque gave up the single to Pedroia. Benoit only gets credit for Ortiz scoring himself. Wonder how often that has happened.

Does Jeff Passan understand how statistical comparison works?

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"After the All-Star break, Trout hit .324/.479/.539. The average and slugging percentage are superlative. The on-base percentage is wondrous. Since 1961, only three players – Barry Bonds, Edgar Martinez and Frank Thomas – have produced at those triple-slash levels over a full season." Apples to Apples Jeff...

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/mlb-season-awards--al-mvp-once-again-comes-down-to-cabrera-vs--trout-132142070.html#more-id

Game 42 Overflow

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"The way he's been swinging the bat, it's pretty hard not to play him." -- Jim Leyland on Delmon...

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"The way he's been swinging the bat, it's pretty hard not to play him." -- Jim Leyland on Delmon Young, who will start in LF in the National League park

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121020/SPORTS0104/210200389

What's the latest news on Victor?

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What's the latest news on Victor?

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SB Nation, on the malware warnings that some users have had recently.

How can a team with Miggy Cabrera (5.5 WAR), a red-hot Austin Jackson (4.2 WAR) and slugging Prince...

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How can a team with Miggy Cabrera (5.5 WAR), a red-hot Austin Jackson (4.2 WAR) and slugging Prince Fielder (2.9 WAR) be only 11.7 wins above replacement for hitting and defense? If you do some quick adding, you will see that just those three combine for 12.6 WAR. Answer: When you give 456 plate appearances to Delmon Young (-1.0 WAR), 430 more to Brennan Boesch (-1.4 WAR) and 214 to Ryan Raburn (-1.9 WAR), well, you are not helping out the cause much.

Joe Blogs: Fun with WAR