Sunday, March 4, 2012

Around the AL Central: Let the Games Begin

The hits just keep on coming for the Indians and their fans. First Chris Perez has an oblique strain that will put him on the shelf for 4-6 weeks and then its announced that Grady Sizemore has undergone a back surgery that will put him on the disabled list for 8-12 weeks. The good news is that the games have begun in Goodyear and the Indians and Reds battled to a 6-6 tie in the first Cactus League game of the year. The best news to come out of the game, as in any game in spring training, is that nobody was injured.

Indians Notes: 
Tigers Notes: 
  • Eight Tigers pitchers combined on a 1-hit 2-0 shutout over the Atlanta Braves . Prince Fielder was on base 3 times with 2 hits and a double. Former Indians Jered Head hit a solo home run fort he Tigers.
  • Tiger Manager Jim Leyland tells James Schmel of that he supports major league baseball's decision to add a playoff team but doesn't like it.
  • Chris Hannum at Motor City Bengals 
Royals Notes: 
  • Royals Review asks if former Indians farmhand Kevin Kouzmanoff will make the opening day roster. As of this writing the poll response was 76% against.
  • Dick Kaegel at looks at reliever Tim Collins as he attempts to gain command of his pitches and improve control.
  • Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star takes a look at Luis Mendoza who after 11 minor league seasons  is looking to win a job in the Royals rotation. Will the mechanical adjustments made by minor league pitching coach Doug Henry in 2011which  led to a 2.18 ERA in 144.2 innings of work continue with the Royals in 2012?
White Sox Notes: 
Twins Notes:
  • TwinkieTown  discusses the Twins Grapefruit League opener victory over the the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3.
  • Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune looks at what changes the Twins have made in the front office, how expectations have changed, and what Ron Gardenhire has to do to turn things around.

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