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Justin Verlander's shoulder should be fine after a brief scare Monday, the AL Central race has become pure agony for fans, and Nelson Cruz does something really awesome (for real). These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl. Also, FIRST PLACE, WOOOO!
AL Central Standings
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AL Central race is more comical than agonizing for contenders
The Detroit News, John Niyo
One night it's a mitt full of fielding errors and a lineup that turns P.J. Walters into Greg Maddux in a deflating loss, the next night it's a win that includes a sandlot display of base running and a near-injury suffered by the league's reigning Cy Young winner on a catcher's throw back to the mound.
It may be maddening, but you gotta love this Tigers playoff chase
Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp
"How can anyone not enjoy this?" You mean, how do I not enjoy the Tigers teaching us on a daily basis what non-fundamentally sound baseball looks like? Yeah, it's a freaking riot.
Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander expects shoulder to be fine after strange play in win over Royals
MLive.com, Chris Iott
Verlander: "All my weight landed on my left arm. It just kind of jarred my shoulder a little bit. I felt it for a little bit and then it went away. I got some ice on it after the game. It should be fine."
Because everyone needs a little giggle in the midst of a frustrating pennant race.
Around the AL Central:
Game 155: Indians 4, White Sox 3
Let's Go Tribe
The Indians came close to defeating the White Sox last night, but today they were able to finish the job.
Indians 4, White Sox 3: More baserunners needed
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
The inability to turn a rather ordinary double play ball led to three Cleveland runs, but the focus remains on the struggling offense.
Elsewhere in baseball:
And the award for MLB’s most biased announcer goes to ...
HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
This is me shocked.
2012's Most Disappointing Team
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
I think we could make a case for the Tigers here. Maybe a little?
Nelson Cruz buys fire truck for his home town in the Dominican Republic
Big League Stew, David Brown
Ah man! Does this mean I have to start liking Nelson Cruz? Because, ugh. No, but seriously, this is really awesome.
R.D. Rosen, SB Nation
Mystery author R.D. Rosen writes about his favorite ballplayer while growing up -- Al Rosen, who not only shared the same last name, but was one of baseball's great Jewish players. This is the debut piece as SB Nation begins highlighting long-form writing. A great multi-media experience and read. --Kurt