AL Central Standings
Miguel Cabrera is closing in on the AL Triple Crown, Delmon Young and Austin Jackson miss the team photo, and I spell Al Alburquerque's name right without spell-checking. These stories and a lineup suggestion from the newest member of the Tigers blogosphere in today's Morning Prowl.
Sources: Miguel Cabrera Can Win Triple Crown and Tigers Earn Important Victory - Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
"After his 1-for-4 performance, Cabrera remains at .330 with 35 home runs and a now league leading 116 RBI. I’m fairly certain that if he can finish in the top three in all three categories he will win the A.L. MVP award, which he has been cheated of a few times."
Detroit Tigers' Al Alburquerque impresses in season debut, puts nasty slider on display - MLive, James Schmehl
"Leyland said he was hoping to ease Alburquerque back into a late-inning role and put the right-hander in a low-pressure situation, but that plan was quickly scratched." O RLY?
Austin Jackson, Delmon Young missing from Tigers team photo - The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
TEAM CHEMISTRY PROBLEMS.
Leyland: Sitting Delmon last night was my decision - Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
"The decision for Young to not play, Leyland said, was a 'managerial decision. That was planned four or five days ahead of time.'" Whatever. I still don't agree with it.
Around the AL Central
Game 137: Tigers 7, Indians 1 - Let's Go Tribe
"Up until the bottom of the eighth, Tribe pitches had held the Tigers to 6 runs over the 25 innings of the series thus far, but Detroit would almost match their previous run total in breaking open the contest, cruising to a 7-1 victory."
White Sox 6, Twins 2: Rios pads lead for Peavy, Sox - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"After scratching and scraping and scrapping and ultimately getting screwed, Jake Peavy finally has 10 wins this season." Prediction: Peavy will still have 10 wins after his next start.
Chicago 6, Minnesota 2: P.J. Walters' Return to Rotation Ruined by Alex Rios - Twinkie Town
"Not a pretty day for the offense, but after last night's hit parade, I guess we can't ask too much."
Elsewhere in Baseball:
With Joey Votto Back, Is Cincinnati The Best Team In Baseball? - Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
"In the six-plus weeks the Reds have been without Votto, they started Miguel Cairo at first base 13 times. Cairo's OPS is four points higher than Votto's on-base percentage."
Dante Bichette’s Unbelievable 1999 Season - FanGraphs Baseball, Paul Swydan
"Dante Bichette’s 1999 season was an outlier for the ages — one that is not only historically notorious by itself, but helped the Colorado pitching staffs have one of the worst, if not the worst season in franchise history."
Brandon McCarthy is "conscious and doing well" - HardballTalk, Drew Silva
McCarthy was hit in the head by a line drive during his start yesterday, but is not suffering any ill effects so far.