AL Central Standings
It might be a small sample size, but Avisail Garcia is already impacting the Tigers positively; Jim Leyland needs thicker skin when it comes to lineup second-guessing; and Mike Trout is the most exciting player in baseball. These stories and comments from Denny McLain in today's Morning Prowl.
Los Angeles Angels' Jered Weaver will not pitch vs. Detroit Tigers due to shoulder injury -- MLive.com, Chris Iott
Call me crazy, but I was looking forward to facing Weaver. If only for the very off chance that we embarrass him.
Avisail Garcia makes quick impact with Tigers -- The Detroit News, Ted Kulfan
"The sampling has been extremely small, but Garcia certainly catches a baseball fan's eye. One game, it might be his understanding of hitting. Another evening, it's Garcia's ability on defense."
Tigers leaving town on wings of uncertainty -- Detroit Free Press, Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom out Mitch Albomed himself in this one. And that's not a good thing.
Tentative 2013 Schedule Attendance Boost For Some Teams -- FanGraphs Baseball, Wendy Thurm
Among other things, it looks like the Tigers will be getting a little NL East action next season.
Jim Leyland needs thick skin about second-guessing -- Detroit Free Press, Jamie Samuelsen
"I guarantee you that if Leyland were managing in Pittsburgh or Miami, he’d be getting the same kind of discourse."
Around the AL Central:
Royals Drop Game, Series in 10th to Rangers -- Royals Review
"Well, it's going to be an uphill climb for the Royals to make the playoffs now. Though the Royals took the Rangers to extra innings, the Rangers slew of perennial MVP candidates took care of business."
Report: MLB says PED suspension is not in A.J. Pierzynski’s future -- Big League Stew, David Brown
"A report by a radio station in Chicago says the White Sox reached out to Major League Baseball after becoming concerned with message board rumors that A.J. Pierzynski was about to be suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs."
Elsewhere in baseball:
The one baseball game you'd most like to go back in time to see -- ESPN, Jim Caple
"You've got a time machine and a baseball jones. What one game in major league history would you travel back in time to watch live and in person?"
Mike Trout, Ryan Braun among leaders as Lightning Round begins -- SI.com, Cliff Corcoran
"There is less than a month left in the 2012 baseball season, which means it's time for Awards Watch to move into the 'Lightning Round.'"
The most exciting player in baseball -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"For me, Mike Trout has been the most exciting player in baseball in 2012."