AL Central Standings
AL Central Standings
Trade value of Jonathan Papelbon, other relievers no easy puzzle for Detroit Tigers' Dave Dombrowski
MLive.com, Josh Slagter
Jose Valverde's long road back begins in Toledo
The Detroit News, Rod Beard
For Valverde, 35, there's no doubt in his mind he still has a few years left in his career. Inspired by the game's great closers, he's looking to hone his mechanics in Toledo.
All Star Tigers and other cartoons.
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
The Detroit Tigers Fan's Guide to the 2013 Chicago White Sox
Get used to them as we’ll be seeing quite a bit of them for the rest of the year.
Miggy won't be in the Home Run Derby after all
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery
Captain Robinson Cano was willing to hold a spot for Miguel Cabrera on the American League’s team for the Home Run Derby, waiting to see if his back felt healthy enough.
Welcome Back Victor Martinez, Sorry We Didn’t See You Come In
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder
To say that Victor Martinez’s 2013 season to date has been a massive disappointment would be a significant understatement.
Around the AL Central:
White Sox 11, Tigers 4: First meeting goes well
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
Rays 4, Twins 1: Bad Fourth Inning Sinks Gibson
Twins Twinkie Town
Over-hyped Kyle Gibson wasn't that bad in his first road start--I would say, maybe average for him? (Bringing down some hyped Twins fans, I know. Sorry.)
Elsewhere in baseball:
25-man All-Star Game roster: National League
The Strike Zone, Jay Jaffe
The first major league All-Star Game took place 80 years ago and featured just 18 players on both the National and American League rosters.
When I look at Brandon Inge, I just see starbursts and glitter
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
Report: Ryan Braun refuses to answer MLB’s Biogenesis questions; up to 20 suspensions loom after All-Star break, including A-Rod
Big League Stew, Mike Oz
We've waited and waited for the other shoe to drop in the Biogenesis case, and we're not there yet, but a new ESPN "Outside the Lines" report gives us two fresh, interesting nuggets: