AL Central Standings
Daniel Schlereth apparently has an excuse for not knowing how to pitch, Delmon Young's issues could be attributed to older brother Dmitri, and Albert Pujols (pronounced Poo-holes) is still looking for that ever elusive first home run of the season. These stories and more Delmon Young than you probably care to handle in today's Morning Prowl.
Can the Detroit Tigers Make the AL Playoffs With Three Stars and Nothing Else? -- Grantland, Rany Jazayerli
This article is ... interesting. I'll say this: I enjoyed reading it, but there were so many inconsistencies that it left me more confused than anything. Seems like it should have been written months ago.
Tigers had no idea Schlereth was hurt -- Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery
So what is his excuse for last season?
Michael Rosenberg: Delmon Young must take stock of his life, career -- Detroit Free Press, Michael Rosenberg
"Tigers leftfielder Delmon Young has been suspended for seven days for _______ after he _______ while _______ in New York last weekend. I'm glad I could clear this up for you." Best. Lede. Ever.
Tigers lead Detroit in ESPN's list of highest-paying teams -- Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp
*Insert joke about how it wouldn't seem like it with the way they are playing*
Andy Dirks Could Be A Great Hitter, If He Learns To Walk -- The Tigers Den, Matt Sndyer
He'd also probably be a great walker if he'd learn how to not hurt his hamstring. Amirite?
Ex-Tiger Dmitri Young: I didn't set best example for brother Delmon -- The Detroit News, Tony Paul
"Speaking to The Detroit News from his home in California, Dmitri Young said he had a 'brother to brother conversation' that actually included an apology -- from Dmitri to Delmon."
Regarding Delmon Young -- DesigNate Robertson
Rogo's take on the Delmon Young situation. Because no story seems complete unless we know how Rogo feels. #truth
And last but not least, a Victor Martinez victory dance GIF in honor of his return to the dugout last night. And because I wanted to be able to mention how awesome his fro was. We miss you, V-Mart. Thanks to @SabreRoseTiger for linking to this on her Twitter.
Around the AL Central:
White Sox 7, Indians 2: Smokescreen works wonders -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"Gordon Beckham's first homer of the season gave the Sox the lead, and the smoke from the fireworks helped start the next rally."
Royals Lose 3-9, Tigers Get to Hochevar In 1st Inning -- Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
"The Royals were in the game in the top of the first innings when the score was still 0-0. Then the the bottom of the 1st happened."
Game 21: White Sox 7, Indians 2 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians played very poorly while losing to the White Sox 7-2 on a rainy night in Chicago. A recap of the action."
Elsewhere in baseball:
Minor-league teams boost community spirits, economics -- Mid Michigan's Second Wave, Kurt Mensching
When Kurt writes, we read. So, go forth and read. And perhaps comment too.
Presenting the April All-Stars -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"Yep, just another boring April of baseball where nothing exciting happened. We only had one of the greatest April performances of all time." I'd be content with a team that consisted of Matt Kemp and .... yep.
Albert Pujols’ homerless drought enters its second month as star takes issue with hitting coach -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Trouble in paradise?