April 7, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
AL Central Standings
Miguel Cabrera is a really good hitter (go figure), Doug Fister starts rehabbing his rib injury, and it's already going down in Boston. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera voted second most intimidating hitter by his peers - MLive, Justin Rogers
This is not surprising in the slightest. Seeing guys like David Ortiz and Michael Young in the top 5 is, however.
Tigers' Doug Fister throws off mound - The Detroit News, Tom Gage
Fister threw just 10 pitches and the training staff is waiting to see how he feels today before moving forward with his recovery. It's safe to say that he's probably another couple weeks away from coming back though.
Lately, in cartoons - Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
Samara = mandatory reading, as always.
A Detroit Tigers Blog: Remembering Brian Bluhm - Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
Yesterday was the 5-year anniversary of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Bluhm was a Tigers fan who was killed in the shooting. And just as he has done each year, Curtis Granderson dedicated his Facebook page to Bluhm's memory yesterday.
Raburn And His Apparent Allergy To April Success - Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
May has actually been an even bigger struggle throughout Raburn's career, but his April struggles might have something to do with it (like planting him on the bench).
Around the AL Central:
Orioles 10, White Sox 4: Home run barrage stuns bullpen - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"The thing is, the Orioles didn't play particularly well. Before the 10th-inning explosion, they were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They struck out 15 times, in part due to Lance Barrett's very large strike zone."
Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland: Those who doubt White Sox 'know nothing about baseball' - MLive, Chris Iott
Leyland had some nice things to say about the White Sox after their series last weekend, as well as some jabs at many of the pundits that predict how the season will unfold.
Twins drop slumping Justin Morneau in lineup - HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
"Justin Morneau finished the spring in a frenzy, but it hasn’t carried over, as he’s hit just .206/.270/.353 with two RBI and 10 strikeouts in 34 at-bats since the regular season started."
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Valentine: Youkilis not as much into the game - Boston Globe, Peter Abraham
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine got into some serious hot water yesterday after calling out Kevin Youkilis' effort so far this season. Valentine later apologized after pretty much the entire team sided with Youk.
Madison Bumgarner signs five-year, $35 million deal, could remain with Giants through 2019 - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Tim Lincecum, who has been struggling like mad this season, is only under contract through 2013, yet Bumgarner and Matt Cain have new contracts. Is this a sign of things to come from the Giants?