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AL Central Division preview


Chicago White Sox

Camp is ending with a bummer, what with Jake Peavy developing rotator cuff tendinitis. But his comeback was too good to be true. There was bound to be a setback. And as long as the Sox caught it in time, there's no reason to think Peavy won't contribute soon. There is a ton to like about this team, from the rotation to relievers who throw gas to a lineup featuring Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, Carlos Quentin and Alex Rios that should score a bunch. The Sox have good righty/lefty balance in the lineup, rotation and in the bullpen. Especially in the pen, where manager Ozzie Guillen will have his choice of three late-inning lefties: Matt Thornton, Chris Sale and Will Ohman. -- Scott Miller

Miller: Camp report | Likes and dislikes | Video: Outlook

Cleveland Indians

Spring training wasn't bad for the Tribe, but it didn't exactly provide a lot of answers. Want to know when Grady Sizemore is going to play, and more importantly how Sizemore is going to play? The Indians still can't tell you, except to say that his recovery from knee surgery seems to be going well, but he still won't be ready for opening day. Want to know how soon the Indians will turn third base over to Lonnie Chisenhall? We know it won't be on opening day, but Chisenhall was impressive enough this spring to make you think it should be this year. The best news was that catcher Carlos Santana looked as healthy at the end of spring as he did at the beginning, and he'll open the season as Cleveland's cleanup hitter. As for the rotation, the Indians settled on Josh Tomlin as their fifth starter, behind Fausto Carmona, Justin Masterson, Carlos Carrasco and Mitch Talbot. -- Danny Knobler

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Detroit Tigers

For a camp that began with the news of Miguel Cabrera's ugly DUI incident, the Tigers have had an overwhelmingly positive spring, and early speculation that Cabrera's problems could ruin their season seem at this point to have been overblown. The lineup looks strong, and Justin Verlander had a great spring atop the rotation. There are some concerns. Carlos Guillen's knee has been very slow to respond, and he'll begin the year on the disabled list (with Wil Rhymes starting at second base). And some scouts wonder about Rick Porcello, whose velocity hasn't been good this spring. But scouts continue to rave about young starters Andy Oliver and Jacob Turner, who won't start the year in the big leagues but could provide needed depth. -- Knobler

Knobler: Camp report | Likes and dislikes | Video: Outlook

Kansas City Royals

Has any team ever had as positive a spring training as the Royals with so little expectation of winning games once the season actually begins? From the start, when all the talk was of Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and the other super Royals prospects, to the end, when the Royals signed Mike Sweeney to a one-day contract so he could retire with his first team, it was a feel-good spring. Along the way, the Royals made a few decisions, including naming Luke Hochevar as the opening day starter and putting Vin Mazzaro in the final spot in the rotation. -- Knobler

Knobler: Camp report | Likes and dislikes | Video: Outlook

Minnesota Twins

Nobody is respected within the game more than the Twins for doing things the right way and spotting and developing talent. But while they're bringing back much of last season's AL Central title team, what I noticed most this spring were the cracks. That Justin Morneau remains slow out of the game following last summer's concussion is alarming -- especially considering he is an MVP-caliber player when right. The fact that catcher Joe Mauer was taking shots of cortisone (to help the joints) in his knee early in camp made you wonder. And losing Jesse Crain (to the White Sox) and Matt Guerrier (Dodgers) from the bullpen -- especially Guerrier -- will hurt. They're still very good and should contend. But lots must go right. -- Miller

Miller: Camp report | Likes and dislikes | Video: Outlook


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