AL Central Standings
Anibal Sanchez works with Jeff Jones during his extended rest period, Prince Fielder has a pretty legit bobblehead, and another Miguel Cabrera-Mike Trout comparison. These stories and an irate Chris Perez in today's Morning Prowl.
Detroit Tigers' Anibal Sanchez still adjusting to new team, not worried about recent struggles - MLive, James Schmehl
Sanchez has worked extensively with pitching coach Jeff Jones in his long break, and if other adjustments made this season -- cough, Scherzer, cough -- are any indication, Sanchez should be just fine.
Prince Fielder bobbleheads, featuring arm tattoos, to be given out Tuesday - The Detroit News, Tony Paul
"Prince Fielder got his wish: His first bobblehead as a Tiger features his signature arm tattoos." Holy wow I need this.
The Difference Between Miguel Cabrera and (Mike) Nelson Trout - Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
"So basically Nelson Trout has produced at the highest level you can at the lead-off position; he’s scored runs, stolen bases, and reached base at a ridiculous rate. Miguel Cabrera has done the same thing at the third spot in the lineup; driven in runs, hit for power and average, and basically has just been tearing the cover off the ball."
Leyland: Don’t try for 2nd just to disrupt throw home - Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
"According to STATS, the Tigers have made 38 outs trying to take an extra base, third-highest among AL teams behind the Angels and Rays."
Tigers manager Jim Leyland: Gene Lamont is a great third-base coach - Detroit Free Press, George Sipple
I'm not sure how we missed this one.
Around the AL Central:
White Sox 9, Yankees 6: And then it was Tuesday - South Side Sox
"Tonight's game clocked in at nearly four hours of lead-changing, pitcher-swapping, teeth-gnashing baseball." In other words, a quick game for the Yankees.
Twins Take Series Opener, Snap Losing Streak, 7-2 - Twinkie Town
It's too early to look at the Wild Card standings in my opinion, but I won't say no to the Twins helping us out.
Leningrad Rays, Hellickson Stymie Western Visitor Royals 5 - 1 - Royals Review
"Jeremy Hellickson, the Pride of Vladivostok, shut down the foreign Royals, thwarting each pathetic rally with force of will more than anything measurable, inducing puny ground-balls and meager pop-ups at his choosing and turning full-grown men into whimpering little children."
Indians Closer Chris Perez Confronts A's Fan: "Get Your D*** Out Of Your Mouth" - Deadspin, Dom Cosentino
MAJOR language warning on this one, but highly entertaining if you share this fan's disdain for Chris Perez.
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Jeff Kent is going to be on the new season of "Survivor" - HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
I know what you're thinking: Survivor is still on TV?
Ten Years Later: The A's 20-Game Winning Streak, Scott Hatteberg, And Moneyball - Baseball Nation, Wendy Thurm
"Like the book, the movie was about an idea, about how to look at baseball in a completely different way, about how to ask tough questions, and demand unconventional answers. Scott Hatteberg epitomized the idea, making him the ideal player to highlight in the film."