The Detroit Tigers have been a bit fortunate this season, particularly of late. While there is a certain amount of bad luck that comes with an eight-game losing streak, the Tigers only dropped four games in the standings during that stretch. They have already made up a bit of ground, winning four of their last five games -- including last night's 4-0 win over the Indians -- and now sit 3 1/2 games behind the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central.
The Tigers have been relatively mediocre after their hot start, but the regression we expected elsewhere in the division has also come around. The Royals lost a 4-0 matchup of their own to the St. Louis Cardinals last night, and have lost 10 of their last 16 games. The Minnesota Twins have lost six of seven, including a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Texas Rangers last night. The Kansas City media is still afraid of the Tigers, and the Chicago White Sox are still lurking (though they too lost last night). The AL Central race is still wide open, but with the Tigers starting to heat up, they could soon start to move up the standings.
Detroit Tigers teammates react to home run to camera platform by Miguel Cabrera: 'It's not fair' - MLive, Chris Iott
Nick Castellanos and James McCann are in awe of their superhuman teammate.
J.D. Martinez on His Many Adjustments - FanGraphs Baseball, Eno Sarris
J.D. Martinez explains why and how he changed his swing for the better, but we still don't know what Miguel Cabrera drew in his notebook.
Answering The Shane Greene Questions - New English D, Neil Weinberg
Neil answers the big question surrounding Shane Greene: what went wrong?
Torii Hunter receives two-game suspension for on-field tantrum - Twinkie Town
If you thought Torii Hunter was angry at Joe West on Opening Day at Comerica Park, you need to see this video.
Kyle Ryan will stay in rotation, face Reds Tuesday - The Detroit News, Ted Kulfan
With Shane Greene going down to Toledo, the rotation shuffle has finally been solved.
The sudden fall of Matt Joyce - Beyond the Box Score, Nicolas Stellini
Let's all pause for a moment and think about how Dave Dombrowski turned Curtis Granderson and Matt Joyce into Max Scherzer and Austin Jackson.
Nationals, Reds discussed Aroldis Chapman trade - MLB Daily Dish, Chris Cotillo
Jon Morosi says that the Nationals "really like" Chapman. That's like me saying I "really like" pizza.
College World Series 2015 preview: Why each of the 8 teams has a chance to win it all - SB Nation, Jeff Gray
The College World Series starts this afternoon. Four of the eight teams have new Tigers on their rosters, but TCU leads the pack with three draftees.