On today's date in 1976, young Tigers hurler Mark Fidrych — already known as "The Bird" — made the 13th start of his rookie campaign. His outing that day against the Twins would be his 12th complete game of the year, including three in which he went 11 innings. He ended up throwing 24 complete over that season, and finished with 250 1/3 innings in what was far and away his most productive big league season (and the only one in which he reached 100 innings). Needless to say, things have changed a bit in MLB since that time. This year, grizzled ace Adam Wainwright leads all of baseball with four starts out of twenty in which he has not been relieved. Here's this week's look around the baseball blogosphere …
- i70 Baseball runs down the second-half storylines for the Royals.
- The Tribe Daily wonders if the Indians can keep things up with the current roster.
- Wahoos On First assembles their all-time Indians roster.
- Kings Of Kauffman says that KC should dangle Greg Holland.
- The Giants Cove is in favor of trading Tim Lincecum to help build for the future.
- Sports Of Boston turns in their midseason report card for the BoSox.
- Philly Phanatics handicaps the odds of Phillies trade candidates getting moved.
- I R Fast profiled the players in the Futures Game and looked at their Pitch F/X data.
- MLB Reports looks at how all of the Rays hitters got to Tampa Bay.
- Swingin A's says Josh Donaldson is a microcosm of Oakland as a whole.
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