AL Central Standings
Delmon Young is the key to the Tigers success (who knew?), Danny Worth gets chased by rams in Toledo (no, that's not a typo), and Elliot Johnson is not very good at sliding (with photo evidence). These stories and a Happy Labor Day to all in today's Morning Prowl.
Delmon Young the key to Tigers -- SweetSpot Blog, Matt Meyers
Well he is certainly a large reason we won two of the last three games.
Detroit Tigers' Danny Worth goes from being chased by rams to big leagues in two days -- MLive.com, Chris Iott
Worth: "They were chasing me. There were two of them, and they looked me in the eye and they chased me. I had to run away from them." Bahahaha!
Don't expect more emotion from Jim Leyland during Tigers' pennant race -- The Detroit News, Tom Gage
"What can you rule out during the Tigers' pennant race? 'Phony, cosmetic meetings,' as Leyland described them. You won't witness an emotional roller-coaster, either."
.gif | Avisail Garcia Gets His First Career MLB Hit -- Walkoff Woodward
And then Mini-Miggy got career hits two and three last night. I think I love this kid.
Sack o’ Mail! -- Brain Matters
"How about something new at Brain Matters? No? Well screw you, we’re doing it anyway!"
Create Your Own WAR for Tigers Pitchers -- Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
"One of the great things about the new statistics is that they allow you to create your own WAR statistic, which incorporates the parts of a pitchers performance which you think are most important."
Around the AL Central:
Tigers 4, White Sox 2: Another September sweep -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"The White Sox suffered another sweep in the final month of the season at the hands of the Detroit Tigers."
Royals 6, Twins 4: Parmelee Hot, Abreu Hotter -- Twinkie Town
"Twins drop the final game of the weekend, and have to settle for a series win instead of a sweep."
Last-place Twins Score First But Somehow Lose to Royals, Who Avoid Sweep at Home -- Royals Review
"After a Saturday that saw the Royals add further horror to their putrid resume against last place teams, the Royals avoided the three-game sweep at home to the last place Twins this afternoon, scoring six runs off first-time starter Esmerling Vasquez and the Twins' bullpen thanks in large part to opportune hitting by Tony Abreu."
Game 134: Rangers 8, Indians 3 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians dropped the rubber game of their series with Texas 8-3. A recap of the game."
Tigers-Indians series preview --Let's Go Tribe
Elsewhere in baseball:
Here’s Elliot Johnson’s face the day after his ill-fated slide -- Big League Stew, Mark Townsend
Nationals make Sept. 12 the Stephen Strasburg shutdown date -- HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
"Despite their placement atop the NL East standings, the Nationals announced after Sunday's game that Stephen Strasburg will make two more starts and then get shut down for the rest of the season."
Should A Team Try To Break Up A No-Hitter With A Bunt? The Red Sox Did -- Baseball Nation, Al Yellon
"Boston's Jarrod Saltalamacchia broke up A.J. Griffin's perfect game in the fifth inning Saturday night with a bunt single. Does this break the so-called "unwritten rules" of baseball?"
Jurickson Profar homers in first career at-bat (Video) -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
"Big leagues, welcome to Jurickson Profar. Yes, that's an inversion of the usual greeting for a 19-year-old rookie, but it seems appropriate after the Texas Rangers super prospect homered off Cleveland's Zach McAllister in his first career at-bat on Sunday."