AL Central Standings
Austin Jackson's new approach at the plate has him getting to first base quicker; Delmon Young gets charged with an error from Friday's fiasco; and with all the injuries to modern day relief pitchers, is it time for a more modern bullpen? These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is faster to first base, too -- The Detroit News, Tom Gage
Jackson's new approach at the plate has helped him accelerate faster out of the box. Or so says Tom Gage.
Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge: 'I just want an opportunity to redeem myself a little bit' -- MLive.com, Chris Iott
"Inge called strikeouts 'a stupid stat' and said that players who focus on not striking out end up striking out even more." Yeah, that's your problem, Brandon.
Tigers walk-up music: Listen to the players' songs -- Detroit Free Press, Steve Byrne
So much awful in this article. But Phil Coke takes the cake. Yes, Nickelback is worse than whatever music that is that Ryan Raburn listens to. Also, Daniel Schlereth's head shot in this is terrifying.
After further review, Delmon Young gets error from Friday -- Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
The fact that this wasn't an error to begin with is worrisome.
Justin Verlander The Fourth Time Through The Order -- The Tigers Den, Matt Snyder
Prognostication: The Justin Verlander and the 131 pitches edition.
The Troll King Returns in a Huge Way -- DesigNate Robertson
Rogo welcomes Bill Simonson back to the 2012 season with some article bashing.
Verlander still greatest show on earth -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"For his next act, I half expect Justin Verlander to string a tightrope over the Detroit River and walk across it while carrying Prince Fielder on his back or maybe careen down Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. Or maybe just eat fire." Or perhaps all of the above. We also shouldn't discount that 107 mph fastball JV promised us.
I Survived Justin Verlander’s 4/16/12 Start and All I Got Was This Lousy Blog Post. -- Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
I'm not going to write anything to go with Samara's posts anymore. They don't need an introduction.
Around the AL Central:
Royals Waste Good Start by Chen, Offense Disappears, Lose 3-1 -- Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
"Royals Waste Good Start by Chen, Offense Disappears, Lose 3-1."
Yankees 8, Twins 3: But, Um, Josh Willingham Hit Another Home Run! -- Twinkie Town
"Fransisco Liriano started the game for the Twins, allowing just 11 of the 18 batters he faced to reach base over his 2.1 innings pitched."
Elsewhere in baseball:
With more pitchers breaking down, time to rethink modern bullpen -- SI.com, Tom Verducci
"Sixty-six percent of 2011 Opening Day closers (20 of 30) are no longer closing for the same team 12 months later, with seven of them hurt." Yep.
The reason we keep watching baseball -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
You don't have to be a Cardinals fan to absolutely love this video. It's relatable to any sports fan, regardless of whether we have a recent championship memory.
Is Matt Kemp Going To Be Baseball's First 50/50 Man? -- Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
Turns out, Matt Kemp is pretty good at baseball. 50/50 good? Yeah, I think so.
Soon on Display in Brooklyn: 'Holy Grails' of Baseball -- WSJ.com, Sophia Hollander
"They were presumed lost, one more casualty from a move that broke a borough's heart. But on Thursday, a centurylong odyssey will come to an end when the original 1912 blueprints for Ebbets Field." This is what some might call, awesome.