AL Central Standings
Justin Verlander and Jered Weaver will likely be competing for this year's AL Cy Young, Austin Jackson might not be a fluke (you don't say), and Vin Scully is the most adorable person on this planet. These stories and some Barry Bonds BS in today's morning Prowl.
Deals put Tigers on map for playoffs -- The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
"History students know something about a parcel of land west of the Mississippi that Thomas Jefferson pilfered from the French in 1803. It was 828,000 square miles of varied terrain." Henning is doing his best Jerry Green impression here.
Jered Weaver vs. Justin Verlander: Who's the frontrunner for AL Cy Young? -- Detroit Free Press, Brian Manzullo
If I didn't loathe Jered Weaver so much, this might actually be a debate. I suppose it still should be. But I'm too blinded by my dislike.
Mitch Albom: Tigers' Justin Verlander back to letter (K) form -- Detroit Free Press, Mitch Album
"If there were such a thing as Olympic pitching, Verlander already would have a gold." Oh Mitch.
Ranking the center fielders: Trout No. 1 -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"5. Austin Jackson, Tigers. I believe his offensive growth is for real." Well, that's big of you. Considering we're in August now. No real reason to believe it's not.
Walkoff Woodward: Tigers turn the corner (again) with epic 10th-inning win -- Detroit Free Press, Josh Worn
I definitely didn't turn the game off after the top of the 10th. Definitely didn't. I mean, who would do that anyway? *hangs head*
Jeff Baker: Harbinger of Doom -- Motor City Bengals
"In addition to all of those tools, the best quality he brings to the Tigers is a simple one: He is not Ryan Raburn." Seriously couldn't have said it any better.
Around the AL Central:
Royals 5, White Sox 2: Shorthanded Sox come up short -- South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"A lineup missing Alejandro De Aza and Kevin Youkilis could only produce two runs, and Jake Peavy wasn't sharp enough to make the lead hold up."
Game 110: Twins 7, Indians 5 -- Let's Go Tribe
"The Indians lost their eleventh in a row in dramatic fashion, allowing the Twins three runs in the ninth inning. The Indians would lose 7-5; a recap of the carnage."
All Aspects of a Good Team Visible in 5-2 Royals Win -- Royals Review, Jeff Zimmeman
"So this is the 3rd time this season that hitting, starting pitcher, closer and defense have all showed for the Royals in a single game. Yea."
Elsewhere in baseball:
More evidence for Dodgers why Vin Scully is blinkin' incredible -- latimes.com, Steve Dilbeck
Oh how I love that man.
Barry Bonds thinks he belongs in the Hall, doesn’t care if he’s kept out, loves Roger Clemens -- HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
I question anyone's character who loves Roger Clemens. Not that I needed another reason to question Bonds character.
Griffey In '96: The Campaign That Forever Changed The American Political Landscape -- Baseball Nation, Jon Bois
I'd still vote for him.
Everybody panic! Astros bloopers certain to become legendary (Video) -- Big League Stew, David Brown
"It took them 110 games, but the Houston Astros finally delivered their defining moment for 2012 on Monday night."