Justin Verlander escaped with the win Saturday despite allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts over 5.2 innings against the Twins.
Verlander has been out since August 11 with a shoulder injury and while he managed to escape with an easy first inning, he labored against the Twins over the next two and had the Tigers in a 4-2 hole by the end of the third inning. He settled down and went a little deeper into the game, but the overall results seem to be the same. Simply put, he's just not the same pitcher as he once was. Perhaps the shoulder is worn to the point of no-return. Whatever the case may be, it's time to stop looking at him based solely on name and reputation.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Luol Deng (knee) won't return Sunday.
Michael Beasley is likely the candidate to replace the Deng starting minutes for the rest of the way. There is no word on the long term implications of the injury yet, but if there is, Beasley might be a solid play for the rest of the season. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Athletics reassign Luke Carlin, Max Muncy and Andy Parrino to minor league camp.
One of these things is not like the other. Muncy is a 23-year old prospect, while Carlin and Parrino are older journeymen. Muncy, a first baseman, his 21 home runs in 2013 at High-A in 428 plate appearances. But the power hasn't translated to Double-A yet as he hit just seven home runs in 530 plate appearances there last year. Muncy isn't really a prospect you have to know, but he's far more notable than Carlin and Parrino. Analysis: Brett Talley