ESPN interview: Max Scherzer is a Taylor Swift fan?
Detroit Free Press
'I don't know why, but when she's on the radio, I keep it on. I don't know why, but I keep finding myself listening to Taylor Swift.'
Max Scherzer Pushing Justin Verlander
Motor City Bengals, Garret Craig
"Verlander holds himself to a high standard, and fans expect him to reach it. Further, being on the same roster as Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, and Anibal Sanchez means Verlander must shine every night in order for fans to be pleased with his performance. That’s why starting the 2013 season with a 4-4 record and a 3.17 ERA is seen as disappointing."
Justin Verlander returns to fundamentals to try to remedy slump
The Detroit News, Tom Gage
It seemed to work for the curveball. The fastball? Not so much.
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera all smiles after hitting 'lucky' home run off glove of Indians outfielder
MLive, Chris Iott
"Lucky home run," Cabrera said while smiling widely. "Lucky. I'll take it."
Catfight: Tigers Fans vs Indians Fans
"Cleveland sucks. Except for their stadium mustard. That stuff's amazing."
Around the AL Central:
Red Sox, 6, White Sox 2: Hector Santiago can only do so much
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
"The White Sox did indeed lose this game, but you can't pin it on Hector Santiago. Pitching on three days' rest and a half-day of prep time for the scratched Chris Sale, he contributed a quality start against considerable odds -- especially after watching the way he stumbled out of the gate."
Royals Review, Clark Fosler
"Apparently James Shields is such a dominant force that he not only silences the bats of the other team, but those on his own team as well. That, my friends, is presence."
Braves 8, Twins 3: Minnesota Drops 8th in a Row
"Worley didn't stick around with the big club long after the game today; he was optioned to AAA Rochester not long after the game. Hopefully he'll be able to pick himself up and get back a bit of that talent he showed while pitching in Philly before he was traded in the offseason."
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Ten reasons the Philadelphia Phillies will be buyers at trade deadline
ESPN Sweetspot, David Schoenfield
I can give ten reason why the Phillies will be sellers at the deadline: this will likely be the number of games that they will be behind the Braves by the end of July.
Astros vendor brings snow cones into bathroom stall, gets fired
HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
Never eat yellow snow cones, boys and girls.
Rafael Soriano is a dingus
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
I linked this article solely for the headline. Well done, Brisbee.
• Recap: Tigers 11, Indians 7: Tigers sweep!
• Thurdays’s links: Max Scherzer likes Taylor Swift
• GIF of the day: Bat boy just don’t care!
• Home run blunders: Michael Bourn vs. Ryan Raburn