Rainout puts Detroit Tigers' pitching rotation in further flux
etroit Free Press, John Lowe
They already had a few starters going longer than usual between starts this week, even with No. 5 starter Drew Smyly sent back to the bullpen temporarily.
Tigers far from perfect, but again they do enough to win
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs, Max Scherzer struck out 10 and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox, 7-4, Thursday. Cabrera hit a pair of two-out singles for his RBIs.
Analysis: Robbie Ray appears to be top candidate to replace Anibal Sanchez in rotation for Detroit Tigers
MLive.com, Chris Iott
Ray is 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in four starts for Triple-A Toledo this season.
Tigers Organization Depth Has Gone Missing
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
Some of you might be wondering whether the Tigers ought to call up Robbie Ray to make a spot start or two while Anibal Sanchez' torn callous heals.
Shift in Pitch Selection Works well for Drew Smyly
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
The Tigers bullpen, specifically right hander Evan Reed and southpaw Ian Krol, blew a lead late and the Tigers lost to the White Sox 6-4 last night.
Around the AL Central:
The Cleveland Indians lost 4-1 on Sunday to the San Francisco Giants, wasting a great start by Danny Salazar.
Good things happen when you collect extra base hits.
Rookie outduels Tampa Bay ace thanks to errors, Jose Abreu
Will Abreu's numbers add up in the stands?
SweetSpot Blog, Christina Kahri
With first baseman Jose Abreu busting out big in the early going, you can’t help but get a little more excited about the White Sox than you might have been before the season.
Elsewhere in baseball:
Common sense prevails with transfer rule update
The Strike Zone, Jay Jaffe
Four weeks into the season, Major League Baseball has ordered umpires to revert to a common-sense approach when ruling on whether a catch has been made, correcting a problem that had sprung up repeatedly as an unintended consequence of the expanded instant replay system.
Baseball’s Worst Rule is Dead
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron
11 days ago, I wrote about baseball’s new definition of a catch, and how the interpretation of the rule created some ridiculous problems for baserunners on fly balls to the outfield.
Simulating and Identifying Platoon Players
The Hardball Times, Max Weinstein
Platoons, they are great when they work out.
What If All Baseball Players Were Fat?
Deadspin, Timothy Burke
Upon several viewings of Bartolo Colon's hilarious plate appearances, the Deadspin staff discussed what baseball would be like if every player looked like the husky Mets hurler.
MLB could re-examine pine tar rules during the offseason
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend
Possible changes would not come until after the season.