AL Central News

Reading Room: Tigers pony up for a closer

Plus: Rick Hahn on various topics, Tyler Flowers' mad dash to the hospital, and more

The Royals need this series

Three games in Chicago could change the course of the AL Central as the trade deadline approaches

White Sox hit road at critical time

Difficult 11-game trip could cement Sox as sellers if they don't come home ahead

A/V Room: Indians put player-mentor on DL

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Plus: Chris Sale is comparable to Max Scherzer, but his contract negotiations aren't, and Jose Abreu's weaknesses are examined

Verlander looking mighty mortal to White Sox

Wednesday's offensive outburst had been bubbling since the start of 2013

Reading Room: Hahn on Rodon

Plus: Hector Noesi and Jose Abreu keep hanging tough, and that whole thing with Manny Machado was weird

Proven closers have problems, too

Detroit Tigers mulling late-inning changes as Joe Nathan continues to struggle

Motor City Monsters: A Detroit Tigers Preview

A look ahead at the defending AL Central champions

Tito's Tribe: A Cleveland Indians Preview

A look ahead at a team that gave the White Sox plenty of trouble last season

Spring training a minefield for contenders

White Sox managing their share of injuries, but lower expectations make them far less critical

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Reading Room: To Gordon Beckham's health

Plus: Nate Jones drops some twang slang, Rick Hahn might've won the winter, and more MLB news

The AL Central's unfinished business

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The White Sox have potential moves to make as January comes to a close, and they have company in the division

Rumors & signings: Floyd close to deal with Braves

Plus: Juan Uribe returns to Dodgers after thinly sourced rumors tied him to White Sox, and Twins triple down on questionable pitchers

Who needs the winter meetings?

While Paul Konerko deliberates, the baseball world spins out of control with multiple trades and huge contracts, rumored and official

Non-tender madness!

The Tigers deal away a starter for reasons undetermined, and the Angels signed a Monster

AL Central: Bastion of front-office stability

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Dayton Moore's extension is another milquetoast mile marker in a division that likes to stay the course

Terrerobytes: Thome pitches in for tornado relief

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Plus: The A's say they'll miss Todd Steverson, the Twins sign Ricky Nolasco, and Lou Brissie's story is still incredible

Saturday action: McCann, Peralta, Smith

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The Yankees are back to splurging, and the AL Central is on the verge of losing two more familiar faces

Terrerobytes: Royals build up Vargas signing

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Plus: MLBPA head dies, Jerry Reinsdorf prefers Bud Selig's style over David Stern's, and other baseball news

The end of Prince Fielder, AL Central opponent

A potential great rivalry with the White Sox never quite delivered on its promise

Fielder-for-Kinsler, courtesy of the White Sox

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Rangers were forced to look elsewhere after missing out on Jose Abreu

White Sox sign Alex Liddi

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White Sox have signed third baseman Alex Liddi, who will compete for the third base job in 2014.

Bullpen notes: Simon Castro outrighted to Triple-A

Plus: Tigers pull a surprise move by declining Jose Veras' option, while Joe Nathan will test free agency

Leyland stepping down as Tigers manager

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Leyland managed the Tigers to four ALCS appearances and two pennants in eight seasons.

Where do the Tigers go from here?

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Another high-profile exit could inspire the Detroit front office to dig even deeper in pursuit of the World Series

Indians add Michael Bourn, but to what effect?

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The speedy center fielder signed a four-year deal to join a team that seems to need pitching more than anything.

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