Justin Verlander can't be the Tigers' ace all the time
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
Count a certain white-haired scribe among those who sometimes fail to acknowledge Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is one of us.
Detroit Tigers' Jeff Jones: Justin Verlander's stuff 'really good' vs. Indians
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
Justin Verlander's outing Wednesday night in Cleveland is a win in the box score. It also is a win in the mind of pitching coach Jeff Jones.
Detroit Tigers will not rush Austin Jackson back from hamstring injury; Jim Leyland: 'I want it right'
MLive.com, Chris Iott
The Tigers need their center fielder and offensive catalyst back for the long haul, but it is worth noting that they have received some pretty decent production out of the leadoff spot in his absence.
Today in Selective Endpoints: Drew Smyly Not Better Than Rick Porcello Right Now
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder
Drew Smyly has been struggling out of the Detroit Tigers bullpen recently. He came into the game Wednesday night in relief of Justin Verlander and allowed two runs on three hits (one a home run) plus a walk.
Around the AL Central:
MLB Final Score: Cleveland Indians 12, Boston Red Sox 3
Let's Go Tribe
After yesterday's rain-soaked loss, the Indians turned the tables, inflicting a rain-soaked blowout loss on the Red Sox.
Elsewhere in baseball:
Can’t Wait to See This Bryce Hunter Kid Play
The Daily Fungo, Mike McClary
The screen grab spreading across the baseball Twittersphere Thursday night is this graphic from the FOX Sports Kansas City broadcast of the Royals-Angels game.
New York Post: Derek Jeter uses alias ‘Philip’ for coffee at Starbucks
Big League Stew, David Brown
"Derek Sanderson Jeter," it reads on the birth certificate. Nowhere does it say "Philip," the name on the cup of coffee New York Post paparazzi agents recently caught Jeter with as he left a Starbucks in Greenwich Village, New York.
Six teams that need new old-school uniforms
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
We're looking at you, San Diego Padres (but they're not the only team that's due for a switch to some classic look from the franchise's or city's past).
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