Drew Smyly grosses out all of Twitter with a picture of his blister, Jose Valverde will likely not be punished for his "spitball," and could Ryan Dempster be the next Detroit Tiger? These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
David Haugh: Tigers President Dave Dombrowski knows how to build a winner from the bottom up -- chicagotribune.com, David Haugh
One of our readers mentioned this in the comments yesterday and I thought it was worth a second mention.
Don't fret, Tigers fans: This isn't 2008 all over again -- The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching
Kurt's News piece from yesterday. More levelheadedness, more people freaking out in the comments.
Detroit Tigers' Jose Valverde almost certain to avoid punishment in regards to YouTube clip -- MLive.com, Chris Iott
"From a practical standpoint, there are many reasons why it is extremely likely nothing will come of the incident in question."
Vladimir Guerrero And Lineup Protection -- Baseball Nation, Jeff Sullivan
"Could the Tigers signing Vladimir Guerrero mean better things for Prince Fielder? No, probably not." Right.
Tigers' Drew Smyly grosses out Twitter users with blister pic -- Detroit Free Press
Just in case you haven't seen this yet, check it out. And make sure you have a relatively strong stomach.
Crystal ball: Dempster lands in Detroit -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"Porcello has been terrible, in part because his groundball repertoire doesn't work with an infield that includes three guys who look like bouncers at the local nightclub." Sigh.
of spitballs and other things -- Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
As always ... brilliance.
Around the AL Central:
White Sox 6, Cardinals 1: Quintana, bullpen shut down St. Louis -- South Side Sox
"The White Sox got a pair of early runs on an Orlando Hudson triple deep into the right center field gap and Jose Quintana and the bullpen made those runs stand up as the Sox improved to 33-27 on the season and 18-9 on the road."
Elsewhere in baseball:
"You should be rewarding Roger Clemens, not prosecuting him" -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
Oh Roger Clemens ... how I loathe thee.
Josh Beckett’s futile at-bat a strong advertisement for a universal DH -- Big League Stew, David Brown