AL Central Standings
Delmon Young is getting some much-deserved media love, Jered Weaver might not start for the Los Angeles Angels this weekend, and the Washington Nationals will end 2012 with a winning record. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Does Delmon Young’s Mustache Have Special Powers? The Stats Say Yes - Walkoff Woodward, Rob Rogacki
A thorough statistical analysis of Delmon's production related to the growth of his mustache.
Delmon Young has blistering week at plate for Tigers - The Detroit News, David Goricki
Clearly, it's the mustache.
Why the Detroit Tigers' Best Baseball Is Still Ahead of Them - Bleacher Report, Ian Casselberry
A bit tardy on our part, but still some great analysis from Uncle Ian.
Ruminations about the lack of bunting on Miguel Cabrera - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"Over the Sox's 81 outs this series, the Sox never found out whether Cabrera could field a bunt. Over the last 54 outs of the series, they only made him spontaneously and strenuously move once."
Report: Tigers to call up right-hander Luke Putkonen on Tuesday - Detroit Free Press
"The Tigers sent Putkonen down Aug. 24, meaning he needed 10 days in the minors before getting called back up, which would bring him to Tuesday."
Around the AL Central:
Darvish Flashes Brilliance, Royals Lose Early and Often on Labor Day - Royals Review
"After seeing the ineffable Yu Darvish throw a flawless game to the first 17 Royals who came to the plate, the Royals feigned fire in the belly and staged a pseudo-comeback only to come up predictably short against the vastly superior Rangers."
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Nationals Clinch First Winning Season In 43 Years For D.C. - Baseball Nation, Scott Coleman
"The Washington Nationals will finish this season with a winning record, the first time a D.C.-based baseball team has done so since the Senators in 1969."
Jason Repko flips over wall to rob Kosuke Fukudome of a grand slam (Video) - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
If you haven't seen this yet, go now. If you have, still go now. This is insane.