Short hops from around the AL Central

Posted on June 16th, 2008 – 10:57 AM
By Joe Christensen

Trying to get caught up on baseball news this morning after riding home from Milwaukee with Reusse. A certain airline canceled the final leg of my trip after my Friday hassle, so after we filed our Sunday stuff, I helped Patrick navigate around the flood waters in Wisconsin.

With parts of I-94 closed between Milwaukee and Madison, we headed north to Appleton, west to Stevens Point, north to Wassau and then west on Hwy 29 before rejoining 94. We made it home in about six hours.

Today, the Twins are off. This is great for the players and staff after 40 games in 41 days. Of course, the writers are still busy getting copy ready for the next news cycles. So, before getting to that, I just wanted to give you a few key notes from the AL Central:

(*) The Tigers have won six straight to pull six games behind the White Sox, and 1 1/2 behind the Twins. Fernando Rodney returns from the DL on Tuesday, and Joel Zumaya and Gary Sheffield won’t be far behind. “It’s such a good team,” Brandon Inge told the Detroit Free Press. “Things had to change.”

(*) The White Sox are 1-5 since sweeping four games from the Twins by a combined score of 40-15 and now Paul Konerko has a dreaded rib-cage injury and could be headed to the DL.

(*) The Royals are 4-2 in interleague play after taking two of three at Arizona this weekend.

(*) I really thought Cleveland was in trouble Thursday, when Victor Martinez joined Travis Hafner, Fausto Carmona and Jake Westbrook on the disabled list. So, naturally, the Indians have won three of four since.

ONE FINAL THOUGHT

If the foot injury for Yankees’ ace Chien-Ming Wang is serious, there will be rampant speculation about them trading for C.C. Sabathia. This is a month when many teams decide whether to be buyers or sellers before the July 31 trade deadline.

But with no team running away with this division, it’s hard for Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and yes … the Twins, to position themselves as sellers right now.

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