Jim Leyland: Detroit Tigers will not be at their best until Austin Jackson returns: 'We need him'
MLive.com, Chris Iott
The Tigers have done relatively well during Jackson's time on the disabled list. They are 19-14 (.576) in games he starts this season and 16-13 (.552) in games he doesn't start.
Some Tigers prospects' stocks are rising, some are falling
Detroit Free Press, John Verburg
This past weekend, the Detroit Tigers attempted to restock their minor league system through the 2013 MLB draft.
No More Potato, Please
I like Jose Valverde. Up until turning into manure at the end of last season, he did a great job closing games for the Tigers.
Manny Machado's WAR versus Miguel Cabrera's WAR
ESPN, David Schoenfield
This came up in my chat today from Jack in Toronto: BTW, Machado is a great player. But any system that says he's more better than Miguel Cabrera is flawed.
Ranking the Best Ballpark Experiences, Part 2
The Triangle Blog, Jonah Keri
I'm definitely in agreement with No. 1 on this list.
Around the AL Central:
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 5, Texas Rangers 2
Let's Go Tribe
Billy Tossed, But The Royals Lost
Royals Review, Josh Duggan
Royals lose 3 - 2 in the late innings to division-leading Tigers, but not as a result of anything Cool Stuff did, as he limited the damage the Tigers did as best he could.
Blue Jays 7, White Sox 5 (10 innings): A win for batting your best hitter second
South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
Sloppiness and hubris sink Sox, end three-game winning streak.
Elsewhere in baseball:
Bryce Harper has no structural damage in his left knee
HardballTalk, Drew Silva
Bryce Harper was spotted with a big brace on his troublesome left knee Tuesday morning in the Atlanta airport, on his way back from a visit to the office of one Dr. James Andrews.
In defense of Ian Stewart
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
Ian Stewart tweeted some things he shouldn't have twoten, and he was wrong to do it. But here's a reminder to put yourself in his position for a second ...
Picking The All-Stars: AL Edition
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron
These players are the epitome of All-Stars; great players having great seasons.