AL Central Standings
Drew Smyly's value is still high despite demotion, Victor Martinez will likely not return this season (duh!), and MLB commissioner Bud Selig says he'll retire after 2014. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Walkoff Woodward: Despite demotion, Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly's value is still high -- Detroit Free Press, Josh Worn
"Smyly will now be afforded the opportunity to work on secondary out pitches at Triple-A without a big league division crown on the line, as well as be able to see his innings limited in the appropriate manner for a rookie with such little experience."
Tigers manager Jim Leyland: 'We'll find out if we're good enough' -- Detroit Free Press, Shawn Windsor
"If the guys we got in this clubhouse do what they are capable of doing, we will have a good shot." Yeah, about that. Perhaps they should actually start doing what they are capable of.
Commentary: Tigers dealing away John Smoltz not worst trade in history -- The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching
"Maybe we should all make a pact, right here, right now, to stop telling it, or at least to acknowledge the uniqueness of the situation." Yes, this. Please and thank you.
Detroit Tigers are 'not counting' on Victor Martinez playing this season -- MLive.com, James Schmehl
I thought we already established this months ago. Did the NBC Olympic team get a hold of the Detroit media and demand they print delayed news? And then here I am posting it keeping the vicious cycle going. Mwuahahaha.
Around the AL Central:
Chicago White Sox starter John Danks to undergo shoulder surgery, miss rest of the season -- ESPN Chicago, Scott Powers
"Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks will have season-ending exploratory surgery next week, the team announced on Tuesday."
Game 103: Royals 8, Indians 3 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians were blown out yet again, losing 8-3 to the Royals in Kansas City. A recap of the game."
White Sox 4, Twins 3: Pierzynski walks the talk -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"A.J. Pierzynski's two-run homer off Jeff Gray provided the winning margin, overshadowing a solid debut by Francisco Liriano against his former team."
White Sox 4, Twins 3: Blackburn and Liriano Great, Pierzynski's Ninth Inning Homer the Difference -- Twinkie Town
"Twins drop game two of the set, 4-3, after great performances from both Nick Blackburn and Francisco Liriano."
Elsewhere in baseball:
Today’s Trades -- FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron
In case you missed all the chaos yesterday, here's a breakdown of the trades that were made just before yesterday's deadline.
Commissioner Selig planning to retire after 2014 -- SI.com
Proof that there is a God?