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August 6, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) pitches during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Detroit won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
August 6, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) pitches during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Detroit won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 60 48 .555 0 Won 2
Detroit 59 50 .541 1.5 Won 5
Cleveland 50 59 .458 10.5 Lost 10
Minnesota 48 61 .440 12.5 Won 1
Kansas City 45 63 .416 15 Lost 1

(updated 8.7.2012 at 6:40 AM EDT)


Justin Verlander was angry before last night's start, Bruce Rondon gets called up to Toledo, and Jeff Baker is very happy to be out of Chicago. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Justin Verlander Was "Angry" Before His 14-Strikeout Career Night - SB Nation Detroit, James Herbert
You wouldn't like JV when he's angry... if you have to face him, that is.

Bruce Rondon promoted to Toledo - The Detroit News
I'll be the first to say it: Rondon closes for the Tigers at some point in 2013.

Detroit Tigers' Jeff Baker likens leaving woeful Chicago Cubs to get-out-of-jail-free card - MLive, David Mayo
Dude wants to win. You have to respect that. Still not a huge fan of the trade though.

Terrible Cartoons from a Not-Terrible Weekend - Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
It's not my fault if your computer breaks from all this awesomeness.

VSL In Review - Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
I've never heard of any of these guys, but I bet that Stephen Grosberg would be overjoyed.

Around the AL Central:

Royals Lose 4 - 3 to Pale Hoes, However Culture of Winning Now In Place - Royals Review
I hope that the title was intentional and not a typo.

Game 109: Twins 14, Indians 3 - Let's Go Tribe
"Is there any possibility that this could get worse? No, don't answer that question."

Manny Acta will be back in 2013 - HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
To answer the above question: "Yup."

White Sox 4, Royals 2: Sale steps up, gets rewarded - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"Sale's line was great: 8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. He allowed a pair of solo homers -- one on a plate-splitting slider to Billy Butler, and one off the plate to Jeff Francouer, who was leaning way out and took it to right field."

Twins 14, Indians 3: Ten-Run Second Sinks Cleveland as Offense Shines and Diamond...Also Shines - Twinkie Town
"Sometimes everything goes your way. Sometimes you're the bat, sometimes you're the ball, all that rubbish. But tonight there wasn't much that didn't go the Twins way."

Elsewhere in Baseball:

The Cincinnati Reds And The Nasty Boy Revival - Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
"Here's the Reds' consolation prize: They have a ridiculous bullpen. This means something to Cincinnati fans, who last enjoyed a World Series win behind a three-headed monster of a bullpen."

The remarkable, amazing Jered Weaver - ESPN SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
I didn't actually read this, I was too busy watching Justin Verlander dominate the New York Yankees last night.

Buster Posey’s new iPhone game is reportedly the first for a MLB player - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
"If you're the type who likes to waste your free time by reading Big League Stew and playing simple iPhone games, this is the post for you: San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey now has a baseball-type game available for download from the iTunes."