AL Central Standings
With A's coming to town, Tigers' focus might switch to wild card
The Detroit News, Tony Paul
One loss to the A's = end of focusing on the wild card.
A.L. Central Race Far From Over
Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
Honestly, I'm a little upset there wasn't an Animal House reference in this post.
Jim Leyland: 'It would blow my mind' if Tigers' Miguel Cabrera doesn't win MVP
Detroit Free Press, George Sipple
This is a stark contrast from last season, when Leyland didn't think that Verlander should (or would?) win the MVP.
Around the AL Central:
White Sox 5, Tigers 4: Rios delivers takeout, bullpen shuts door
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
Hey, they used the same picture that Al did. Game still sucked though.
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Pennant races in reverse
The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe
If this were the case, last year's Tigers team would give the 1984 team a run for their money. They finished the season 30-10.
"They locked him up for five years and $7 million, with three team options that add up to $14.75 million. That's eight years of Perez for the price of a year of Joe Mauer."
Play-In Game Strategy: Skip the Starter
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron
This idea -- starting the closer and working with the bullpen from there -- is totally bananas and unconventional so, naturally, I'm a fan.