AL Central Standings
José Valverde continues to struggle in the night inning, Gerald Laird swears he's faster than Alex Avila, and Chris Davis does his best Don Kelly impression. These stories and an Albert Pujols home run in today's Morning Prowl.
What Should the Tigers Do With a Struggling José Valverde? -- Detroit Tigers Scorecard Blog, Alexandra Simon
Another look at the José Valverde situation. And as much as Tigers fans might want to replace him, it doesn't look like there are many options behind him.
Cartoons to sigh disgustedly over. -- Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
So much awesomeness in one post.
Detroit Tigers' Gerald Laird says there is 'no doubt' he is faster than teammate Alex Avila -- MLive.com, Chris Iott
"Alex is what we pinch-runners call a 'base clogger.'" Awesome.
Tigers putting plan in place to limit Smyly's innings -- Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery
"It also makes a lot of sense to figure that Smyly may not be able to maintain his current torrid pace. Even with a guy as composed and sure of himself as Smyly will have to deal with failure at some point." Or does he?
'Sparky and me' | A Free Press exclusive book excerpt: 'We got some talkin' to do' -- Detroit Free Press
"Three days in October of 2010. That's all the time we had left to share. Neither one of us talked about it. But both of us knew. My best friend was dying."
Around the AL Central:
Ubaldo Jimenez and his missing 96 mph heater: A mechanical look -- The Hardball Times, Kyle Boddy
"His velocity has been diminishing since his trade to Cleveland. Is it a mechanical issue?" No, it's a "I'm in a Cleveland Indians uniform" issue.
Hochevar. No Bueno. Royals Split Series With Highlanders. -- Royals Review
"Luke Hochevar, sure to find himself "on the DL" by the end of business tomorrow, threw 51 pitches on this Sunday. One of them might have been good."
White Sox 1, Tigers 3: Every run a solo shot -- South Side Sox
"White Sox drop the rubber match of a gut wrenching three game set in Detroit."
Elsewhere in baseball:
Are Concussion Lawsuits Coming to Major League Baseball? -- Baseball Nation, Wendy Thurm
I'm not sure it would ever be as intense as what's going on in the NFL right now, but it's certainly a possibility. Though I could see it happening in the NHL before major league baseball.
Albert Pujols hits first homer of season, returns to empty Angels dugout (VIDEO) -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Cool, now that that's out of the way, let's get back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Chris Davis goes 0-for-8, gets the win in 17-inning game -- HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
Don Kelly doesn't see why this is such a big deal.