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BOSTON, MA - MAY 28:  Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after being thrown out of the game by umpire Chris Guccione in the second inning at Fenway Park May 28, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 28: Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after being thrown out of the game by umpire Chris Guccione in the second inning at Fenway Park May 28, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Cleveland 27 21 .562 0 Won 1
Chicago 27 22 .551 0.5 Won 6
Detroit 23 25 .479 4 Lost 1
Kansas City 19 28 .404 7.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 16 32 .333 11 Won 1

(updated 5.28.2012 at 11:22 PM EDT)


Jim Leyland goes off on reporters, Delmon Young is away for a court date in New York, and Bryce Harper doesn't like facing "slow" pitchers. These stories and a bit of nostalgia for the not-so-good old days in today's Morning Prowl.

Quintin Berry: Can We Keep Him, Dave? Can We? - DesigNate Robertson
Rogo doesn't care for Juan Pierre, but he's finding that someone with his particular skill set can be fun to watch at times.

Video: Jim Leyland Goes Off On Media After Loss to Red Sox - Walkoff Woodward, Rob Rogacki
Leyland gave the media a piece of his mind after the game, encouraging them to "have the nerve to write what [they] saw." I'll give it a 6.5 on the Mount Leyland Eruption Scale.

Call costs Tigers in loss to Red Sox - Fox Sports Detroit, Dave Hogg
"In the rest of the game, the teams played to a 4-4 tie, with Detroit's runs coming on homers by Delmon Young, Gerald Laird and Jhonny Peralta. So the second-inning meltdown cost them the game."

Detroit Tigers might be without Delmon Young on Tuesday due to court date in New York - MLive, Chris Iott
Something tells me we're going to see a lefty-heavy lineup (including Don Kelly) from Jim Leyland this evening.

Three Scouting Reports: Jeff Jones on Fister, Porcello and Smyly - FanGraphs, David Laurila
I'm not sure why the local media didn't have anything on this, but pitching coach Jeff Jones dished out some inside information on three of the Tigers' starters prior to yesterday's game. Maybe this is why Fister got roughed up...

Red Sox dump frustrated Tigers; win streak ends at three - The Detroit News, Tom Gage
Post aside, this comment killed me: "this just in.....raburn missed the team bus back to the hotel...evidently he just watched it go by." And yes, he actually spelled "Raburn" correctly.

Around the AL Central:

White Sox 2, Rays 1: Sale outduels Moore as Sox win 6th straight - South Side Sox
Chris Sale struck out 15 hitters in 7+ innings. The Sox have won 10 of their last 11 games. Thankfully, we don't see them again until mid-July.

Do's and Don'ts for Fans of a Terrible Team - Twinkie Town
Man, I remember these days.

Royals Fall, Dishonor Concept of Patriotism with Sloppy Play - Royals Review
"The shame of it all is that the five runs the Royals did put on the board should usually have been enough for them to win."

Twins Win the Opener, 5-4, Plouffe Homers, Diamond Shines - Twinkie Town
"Studs: Everyone! Great game all around! Duds: Nobody! It's a holiday! Happy Memorial Day!"

Game 48: Indians 8, Royals 5 - Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians broke their short 3-game losing streak by beating the Royals 8-5. A recap of the action."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Bryce Harper on facing Livan Hernandez: "It sucks" - HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
For those who missed Sunday's Braves-Nationals game, Hernandez made Harper look like a true rookie in their first matchup -- announcer Terry Francona likened Harper's flailing swing to that of Ichiro Suzuki. The next time through the order, Harper hit a bomb.

Melvin: 50-50 shot Manny debuts Wednesday - MLB.com, Jane Lee
"Though Ramirez isn't off to a torrid start with Triple-A Sacramento, batting .214 without an extra-base hit in 28 at-bats, the A's are looking for all the offensive help they can get. They entered Monday batting .157 over the past six games, and their overall season mark wasn't much better, at a Major League-worst .209."