AL Central Standings
Brennan Boesch has slowly started to work out of his slump, Nick Castellanos is one of the top prospects in terms of trade value (but we already knew this), and Chipper Jones is kinda, sorta No. 1 in one statistical category. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Tigers reaching first is only half the battle -- The Detroit News, Tom Gage
First comment says "Rayburn." I give up. I. Give. Up.
Why Ryan Raburn Survived Cut, Should Again -- Motor City Bengals, Garret Craig
Rayburn. Raeburn. Rabern. Reighburn. Raybern. *head explodes*
Tigers Thinking Today, Marlins Thinking Tomorrow -- Grantland, Jonah Keri
"Every five years, the Marlins realize they're not contenders, call up their old boss Dave Dombrowski, and trade established veteran players for a bunch of prospects." Yep, that sounds about right.
ESPN: Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos ranks No. 9 in trade value across MLB -- Detroit Free Press, Brian Manzullo
"Even after making a splash Monday in acquiring the Marlins' Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, the Tigers look like they are going to get through the trade deadline without dealing its top chip in 20-year-old Nick Castellanos." Hey, there's still a few days left. I wouldn't count anything out. #kidding
Chicago columnist: Tigers' trade puts pressure on White Sox (and more analysis) -- Detroit Free Press, Phil Rogers
"Checkmate? That’s not a word you really can use in baseball, especially not on July 24. But the Detroit Tigers’ trade with the Miami Marlins for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante on Monday, a day after sweeping the White Sox in a weekend series that changed the division leadership, definitely puts Robin Ventura’s team in a "check" situation."
Thoughts on Tigers trading Jacob Turner -- Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
Jason Beck gives his thoughts on yesterday's trade, which included one of the Tigers top prospects, who was last year's Nick Castellanos.
Trader Dave Does It Again -- DesigNate Robertson
Another look at the Tigers-Marlins trade. Because ... why not?
Walkoff Woodward: How Brennan Boesch went from awful to awesome this season -- Detroit Free Press, Josh Worn
Boesch has definitely perked up. But I always remain cautiously optimistic when it comes to how long his hot streaks will last.
Sharing a Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park with friends, family is a special experience -- MLive.com, Bill Simonson
As you know I'm not the biggest fan of Simonson, but this article is really great. It could be because I just spent three awesome days in Detroit with my dad watching the Tigers sweep the White Sox, but regardless of how you feel about him, his message is right on.
So, in case you didn't see this little gem yesterday: Danny Worth tweeted about being optioned. And I laughed a lot.
In honor of getting optioned down for the 11th time (I think?) of my career, I shall buy a sweet ass electric guitar #cheermeuptweet— Danny Worth (@DannyWorth29) July 24, 2012
Around the AL Central:
Game 97: Indians 3, Tigers 2 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians used a suicide squeeze in the seventh inning to take the lead, that run would be the margin of victory. A recap of the Indians' 3-2 win over the Tigers."
White Sox 11, Twins 4: After blown call, Sox blow it open -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"The White Sox came back from a blown call to start a game-changing four run rally, turning a tense game into an easy evening."
Elsewhere in baseball:
If return of Olympic baseball lies with MLB players then Olympic baseball is not returning -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Sad, but true.
Ryan Dempster continues to blame the media for the trade going sideways -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
Keep whining, Dempster. We all feel really bad for you.
Chipper Jones Is No. 1! (sorta) -- Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
"Last weekend, Chipper Jones set a record. According to MLB.com. But like a lot of things, it sort of depends on how you look at things. Let's take a different look!"