AL Central Standings
Doug Fister's status for Saturday's start is still up in the air, second half Ryan Raburn seems to have appeared, and Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber attended last night's game. These stories and no wild card standings (because we're winning the Central, I don't care what you say) in today's Morning Prowl).
Updates on Doug Fister, Drew Smyly - Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
If Fister can't start Saturday, Smyly will. Sounds simple enough to me.
Detroit Tigers' Ryan Raburn homers, knocks in four runs in first game of rehabilitation assignment - MLive, Chris Iott
Call him up now, send Boesch down. Second half Raburn is here.
Gold medalist Jordyn Wieber -- and a robot -- throw out first pitch for Tigers - The Detroit News, Maya Jones
Not published: the incredibly awkward encounter between the high school kids that made the robot and Wieber, who clearly would not have sat at the same lunch table as them.
No Second Chance For Adam Wilk? - Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
Minor league numbers are nice, but I'll take Smyly's major league track record -- small sample size or not -- over Wilk's recent performance anyday.
What Was The Best Move Of The Offseason? - Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
"Of the big-ticket items, only Prince Fielder merits serious discussion. He's been fabulous, hitting in the middle of the order for a Tigers team that wasn't expecting to be seriously challenged."
Around the AL Central:
White Sox 2, Yankees 1: Full Sale to sweep - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"In what might be his most stirring start of the year (hearts or loins, take your pick or take both), Sale struck out 13 Yankees over 7 2/3 innings. He limited the damage to -- what else? -- a Derek Jeter homer, but nobody was on base."
Milone, A's Shut Down Twins, 5-1 - Twinkie Town
"The Oakland Athletics committed four errors on Wednesday afternoon and still won with ease, as the Twins couldn't capitalize against Oakland starter Tommy Milone in a 5-1 loss."
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Bartolo Colon hit with 50-game suspension after testing positive for testosterone - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
"Like [Melky] Cabrera, Colon's regular season is also over with only 40 games remaining on the A's schedule."
Washington Nationals' Manager Davey Johnson Talks Stephen Strasburg Shutdown - Federal Baseball, Patrick Reddington
Johnson has said a lot of nothing so far, and apparently isn't exactly on the same page with GM Mike Rizzo. My prediction? The Nats cave and Strasburg pitches in the postseason.
Tweet of the Day: Brandon McCarthy’s wife is the best - HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
Well played, Mrs. McCarthy. Well played.