Brandon Inge was the DH in Sunday's game ... people were confused; Justin Verlander gets personal in a Men's Journal article; and the Dodgers turn the first 2-5-6-3 triple play in history. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Brandon Inge starts at DH, and Twitter (obligatorily) explodes -- Out of Left Field, Matthew Mowery
Best tweet: "Brandon Inge at DH makes about as much sense as the Army enlisting Stevie Wonder as a sniper."
Austin Jackson: Breakout Candidate? -- FanGraphs, Jeff Zimmerman
"Almost all players will get on an extreme hot hitting streak at some time. Jackson just seems to be the player starting the season on one."
Detroit Tigers: Mediocre Defense Could Cost Them a Shot at a World Championship -- Bleacher Report, Josh Berenter
It's my own fault for even clicking on this article to begin with, but there are so many things I hate about it. 1.) It's stupid. 2.) They used a picture of Carlos Guillen to showcase all of the errors the Tigers are making. Because he still apparently plays for the Tigers. 3.) Detroit has one error in nine games. Fewest in the major leagues. 4.) Austin Jackson doesn't have that one error, but according to their caption, he is apparently a cause for concern. Sigh.
Ticker: Tigers' Justin Verlander gets personal in Men's Journal -- Detroit Free Press, Steve Schrader
"He has the commercials, he appeared on 'Conan,' and here's more evidence of Justin Verlander's rising star quality: a profile in a nonsports magazine, the May issue of Men's Journal."
Attempting to Defend Ryan Raburn -- DesigNate Robertson
"Ryan Raburn is not a great player. He talks like Larry The Cable Guy after 10 beers. His tongue hangs out all the time. He oftentimes has the hands of Jim Abbott on defense like in the 9th inning today." Can't. Stop. Laughing.
The Return of the Return of The R-O-D! -- The Ray Oyler Divide
And while Rogo tries to build Ryan Raburn up, others try to bring him right back down. You're damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Rick Porcello, Bass Fisherman, Also Happens to be Rick Porcello, Excellent Base Ball Pitcher -- Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
Rick Porcello apparently moonlights as a bass fisherman. This makes him awesome.
Troll Music -- Brain Matters
Chances are I'm going to have "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" stuck in my head for like ... ever.
Around the AL Central:
Mendoza Rocked, Royals Destroyed By Indians Once Again -- Royals Review
"If ever there were any question, today's game cast aside any doubt. Royals fandom is a disease. An incurable disease that on days like today it might be preferable to be cure of entirely. Such an elixir would certainly make our lives as a fanbase easier. "
Game 8: Indians 13, Royals 7 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians once again pounded the Royals, sweeping the series in Kansas City with a 13-7 blowout. A recap of the action."
Elsewhere in baseball:
Dodgers turn first 2-5-6-3 triple play in history -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
It sounds a heck of a lot cooler than it actually looks in the video. But maybe that's just me.
Number of African-American baseball players dips again -– USATODAY.com, Bob Nightengale
"MLB has the lowest percentage of African-Americans since the early days of the sport's integration, according to USA TODAY Sports research."
Baseball pays tribute to pioneer Jackie Robinson -- MLB.com, Barry M. Bloom
"Members of all 30 Major League teams donned the No. 42 on Sunday in honor of Jackie Robinson Day, with each home team holding ceremonies to recognize the impact of the great baseball pioneer."