AL Central Standings
Miguel Cabrera is part of a two-man MVP race, Jim Leyland has options in the outfield now, and some hack wrote about Austin Jackson. These stories and another awesome Samara cartoon in today's Morning Prowl.
How does Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera stack up against Mike Trout in race to be named AL MVP? - MLive, Chris Iott
"There is plenty of time for this race to shake out. With about 50 games to play, this appears to be too close to call. The final 50 games will decide who wins."
Leyland is going to rotate his corner outfielders - Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
"This is the flexibility Leyland wanted from his roster down the stretch, particularly in the outfield. He admits he felt starting pitcher was a bigger priority than extra right-handed bat, but he still wanted the latter to fill out the roster."
Commentary: Tigers' Austin Jackson among game's best - The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching
Best comment: "BRING BACK GRANDERSON!"
Down with the DY Stache, Up with the JV K - Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
"Stop the rampant, wanton abuse of innocent baseball fan eyeballs. End the suffering of teammates, family, friends, unwary bystanders. Help raise awareness of this terrible blight upon Detroit and all who must play against them. Think of the kittens."
Pondering the Fate of Ryan Raburn - Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
"It’s more or less official – Jeff Baker is the new Ryan Raburn."
Grumpy Old Man Strikes Again - DesigNate Robertson
"Detroit’s crankiest commentator (that actually lives in California) is upset this week over the Wild Card and also the trade deadline."
Around the AL Central:
Game 111: Indians 6, Twins 2 - Let's Go Tribe
"The nightmare is finally over. The 1931 franchise record of 12 straight losses is safe, and the Indians of this year can regroup and perhaps salvage something of the remaining 51 games."
Twins 2, Indians 6: Minnesota Can't Complete the Sweep, Nishioka Has Another Bad Day - Twinkie Town
"Brian Duensing wasn’t very sharp today, but he would have had a much better day with solid major league-level defense behind him." It's nice to see that in someone else's article for once.
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Evan Longoria says he’s not the Rays savior, but he doesn’t really need to be - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
"While Longoria did go 1-for-3 with a sac fly in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Toronto, no one is willing to place a 100 percent healthy sticker on him."
What is WAR good for? - Glenn DuPaul, The Hardball Times
"It might be just be an inherent quality within the sabermetric community's "cult" mentality, but in my opinion there has been an inverse relationship between WAR's mainstream acceptance and the weight that the statistic holds among sabermetricians." These are what we call "baseball hipsters."
See the trailer for Clint Eastwood’s anti-"Moneyball" - HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
Alternate working title for this movie: "The Singledigit Story."