AL Central Standings
Gerald Laird has a pretty awesome feat you might not know about, Austin Jackson may not return to the lineup as early as we would have hoped, and the only team in baseball that probably doesn't need help adds Roy Oswalt. These stories and a million Altuves in today's Morning Prowl.
Other things we learned last night: Justin Verlander is human and Ryan Raburn is ... an Ohio resident? At least temporarily.
Gerald Laird’s Extraordinary Feat -- Motor City Bengals, Garret Craig
"Gerald Laird, incredibly, has seen 143 pitches this year and has whiffed at only two of them." That's how G-Money do.
Leyland: Jackson return "not going to be as soon as we’d hoped" -- Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
Public Enemy Number One: Ryan Raburn and the reality that comes with batting .146/.209/.211 -- Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
Even though Raburn was optioned to Toledo last night, I still think this article is relevant and worth a read.
Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas leads charge of sophomores -- Joe Lemire, Joe Lemire
Detroit Tigers Andy Dirks was included in Lemire's list of rising sophomores in the league.
To Tigers fans who want Jim Leyland fired: Careful what you wish for -- The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching
In case you didn't read Kurt's News column yesterday, do yourself a favor and check it out. Read the comments section at your own risk.
Around the AL Central:
Will Smith Was "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It", Leads Royals to 8-2 Win -- Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman
"Will Smith Was "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," Leads Royals to 8-2 Win"
Game 49: Royals 8, Indians 2 -- Let's Go Tribe
"For the first time this season, Justin Masterson did not walk a batter. Thus ends the good news."
Elsewhere in baseball:
Great Moments in the Internet: How Many Altuves? -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
This is amazing on so many levels.
Hey, Bud! How Many More Games Will You Cost Teams Before You Institute Replay Review? -- Baseball Nation, Al Yellon
Don't you love when the Tigers are in the middle of controversial topics like instant replay? No? Me either.
Roy Oswalt doesn’t need to save the Rangers, he only needs to provide insurance and depth -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Yeah, because when I think of teams that need insurance and depth, the Texas Rangers definitely come to mind.
The comeback of Carlos Zambrano -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
I've never been a Carlos Zambrano fan, but I can appreciate a good comeback story when I see one.