Victor Martinez is hopeful that he will be able to return in September, Drew Smyly is doing things that other Tigers rookies haven't even dreamed of, and Brandon Inge made his debut with the Oakland A's. These stories and an obligatory link about Sparky Anderson in today's Morning Prowl.
Tigers' Victor Martinez optimistic about September return - The Detroit News, Tom Gage
I'm not sold on Martinez returning this season yet, but I am excited to hear that he's in the clubhouse. His presence might be the boost that this team needs to get out of the funk that they are currently in.
No Precedent For Drew Smyly's First Four Starts - Motor City Bengals, Garret Craig
The rarefied air that Smyly is in after his first four starts is even more impressive considering what other Tigers rookies have done in the past.
Delmon Young gets a suspension. DUI guys: nothin’ - HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
Craig has a point in this article, and I'm not just saying that out of fear that Alli will hunt me down if I say otherwise. I said it last night and I'll say it again: Young's suspension is largely a product of where it occurred and the publicity it got, not what actually happened.
Doug Fister Injury: Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland Will Attend Rehab Start - SB Nation Detroit, Tommy King
The fact that the skipper himself will be in attendance to see Fister's start can only be a good thing.
Book Review: Sparky and Me by Dan Ewald - Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
"The book is more about Sparky as a person as told by Mr. Ewald, a wonderful story teller who makes you feel as if you are right there with them." I think it's safe to say that I'll be purchasing this one in the near future.
Are my Detroit Tigers serious about alcohol abuse or not? - MLive, Andrew Heller
I really hope that Rogo sees this and gives Mr. Heller his due. Not that I'm writing this description specifically for him or anything...
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Brandon Inge Makes Debut for Oakland A's, Flies Out to Center - Detroit4lyfe, Rob Rogacki
I have to admit, Brandon Inge looks really weird in an Oakland A's uniform. I think it's the white shoes.
The First Four Plate Appearances Of Bryce Harper's Career - Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
Harper haters can't even be mad at this post, because it specifically references things that Vin Scully talked about. Vin Scully is like your grandpa. You can't be mad at your grandpa, and you can't be mad at Vin Scully.
MLB mulls altering interleague rivalry series including Mets-Yankees, sources say - ESPN New York, Adam Rubin
Let's face it, three less games against the Yankees isn't going to get the Mets anywhere closer to the playoffs.
Interview with Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers - GQ, Daniel Riley
Kemp is simply on another level right now, so it's no surprise that he's been spending time with Rihanna, among other perks of living large in Los Angeles.