AL Central Standings
Jim Leyland: Tigers don't need a rah-rah speech - Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
Normally I'd agree with this, but it might not hurt after last night's beatdown.
State of the AL Central: pennant home stretch edition - The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe
"And winning the division is really key because, as it currently stands, neither the Sox nor Tigers would get a Wild Card." Yeah, we're aware.
Around the AL Central:
Game 141: Twins 7, Indians 2 - Let's Go Tribe
Royals Again With The Opportunity To Play Spoiler - Royals Review, Craig Brown
If "playing spoiler" means "beating the team in first," I'm all for this.
Elsewhere in Baseball:
The Strasburg Shutdown and What We Don’t Know - FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron
"Early season Strasburg was the most dominant pitcher in baseball, at least on a per-innings basis. Recent Strasburg has been more human, mixing in some good starts with some clunkers."
Oakland Athletics' Brandon McCarthy walks, could return home soon - ESPN
"Paparesta said McCarthy took a few steps Monday, even climbing and descending four stairs with the help of a handrail, just five days after undergoing two hours of surgery."
Juan Pierre in Baltimore would be the bestest thing ever - HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
"I have an interest in this. Not because I care about the O’s so much, but I want to see something beautiful happen: the Orioles winning the World Series with a lineup that includes Juan Pierre, Lew Ford and Nate McLouth."