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Always do what you're best at. This week, Around the Horn takes that simple motto to heart. What is the Network best at? Exclusive player interviews, scouting reports, and prospect rankings. So enjoy as we focus on those very three article types in our weekly tour, with excellent pieces on Cleveland's clubhouse situation and Detroit's "domino effect" promotions irresistibly included.

Don't tell Devery Van De Keere that baseball's popularity is dwindling in Canada.  The Royals' 48th round draft pick hails from Alberta, and despite a lack of recruiters, Van De Keere has made it pro, and put up surprisingly good numbers so far for such a late-round pick.  Read the full Royals Corner Interview with Devery Van De Keere for more details. 

Pittsburgh fans and fantasy owners alike want to know what is wrong with Jason Bay. has an audio interview with the Pirate outfielder, who is Battling the Worst Slump of his Career.

A usually harmonious Cleveland Indians clubhouse felt a tremor of unrest this weekend when pitcher Cliff Lee and catcher Victor Martinez exchanged some nasty words and stares during a game in Texas.  Indians Ink founder Frank Derry has the details, and writes that Lee Needs to Forget the Squabble and Just Pitch.

An injury to Detroit outfielder Marcus Thames has led to a couple of unfamiliar names appearing on the Tigers' roster, to say nothing of their minor league affiliates.  Catch up on the resulting chain of promotions in TigsTown's Call-Ups Galore.

Everyone is marveling at how Jose Reyes is approaching 50 stolen bases through the season's first 100 games, and rightfully so.  But there is a man named Eric Young Jr. in the Rockies organization who's already swiped 53 bags this year, and you can follow his stock weekly through the Prospect Power Rankings

Jeff Kennard posted a 2.73 ERA with the Yankees' Double-A affiliate before coming over to the Angels in the Jose Molina trade.  Learn more about the power pitcher in this Jeff Kennard Scouting Report. sat down with Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright after he faced his old team.  Wainwright talks about how it felt to Pitch Against the Braves and how his return to the starter's role has been going lately.

Finally, each baseball site ranks its top 50 prospects every offseason.  There are always some hits and misses, and the Boston Site went back to analyze which of their prospects are exceeding expectations and which are falling short.  Examine Diehard's Midseason Evaluation of Prospects 11-20, and be sure to check back again with soon for their analysis of their top ten prospects.  

Is that all?  Of course not, head to The MiLB Homepage to find your favorite team, player, or just to get the latest inside news from  Be sure to come back next week for Around the Horn.


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