AL Central Standings
Because of Valverde's knack for handling the ninth, Tigers manager Jim Leyland now has a bullpen that is more functional, more efficient, more trustworthy.
Pitching against the Pirates on the final Tuesday of May, Rick Porcello found an unfortunate way to salute what left-hander Harvey Haddix once did for the Pirates on the final Tuesday of May.
Rick Porcello’s Latest Tease
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan
The easy joke is that Rick Porcello’s like "**** you defense" after a BABIP-heavy 2012.
Detroit Tigers Missing Austin Jackson
Motor City Bengals, Garret Craig
Don Kelly has not done much to make the Detroit Tigers forget about the injured Austin Jackson, who may begin a rehabilitation stint soon.
Around the AL Central:
Dioner Navarro ate all of his cheerios this morning.
Jason Giambi's three-run homer in the sixth gave the Indians some much-needed breathing room.
Elsewhere in baseball:
Triage in the Bronx
The Hardball Times, Shane Tourtellotte
How the Yankees of 1949 mirror the Yankees of today, and how they don't.
Organizational droughts: third base
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
When was the last time your team developed a star third baseman? To the stat cave! Let me just move this laundry basket out of the way so you can get to the stat cave ...
It's time for a new approach to the role of closer
SI.com, Tom Verducci
If it seems like it has been a hard year on closers, well, yes, it has, but that makes this year no different than any other year.