"Verlander holds himself to a high standard, and fans expect him to reach it. Further, being on the same roster as Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, and Anibal Sanchez means Verlander must shine every night in order for fans to be pleased with his performance. That’s why starting the 2013 season with a 4-4 record and a 3.17 ERA is seen as disappointing."
Justin Verlander returns to fundamentals to try to remedy slump
The Detroit News, Tom Gage
It seemed to work for the curveball. The fastball? Not so much.
Catfight: Tigers Fans vs Indians Fans
Around the AL Central:
"The White Sox did indeed lose this game, but you can't pin it on Hector Santiago. Pitching on three days' rest and a half-day of prep time for the scratched Chris Sale, he contributed a quality start against considerable odds -- especially after watching the way he stumbled out of the gate."
Royals Review, Clark Fosler
"Apparently James Shields is such a dominant force that he not only silences the bats of the other team, but those on his own team as well. That, my friends, is presence."
"Worley didn't stick around with the big club long after the game today; he was optioned to AAA Rochester not long after the game. Hopefully he'll be able to pick himself up and get back a bit of that talent he showed while pitching in Philly before he was traded in the offseason."
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Ten reasons the Philadelphia Phillies will be buyers at trade deadline
ESPN Sweetspot, David Schoenfield
I can give ten reason why the Phillies will be sellers at the deadline: this will likely be the number of games that they will be behind the Braves by the end of July.