KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 28: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers waits for an umpire ruling after a ball hit off the bat of Delmon Young #21 struck the foul pole during the 9th inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 28, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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."