AL Central Notes: McAllister, Starling, Gordon, Inge, Rios

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23: Starting pitcher Zach McAllister #57 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field on August 23, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Here's a the latest out of the American League Central, where Prince Fielder is already hitting monster home runs, expectations are somehow already out of control for the Royals, and the Twins are invisible:

This spring, Alex Rios is open-minded - South Side Sox
It's wise to be skeptical about Rios' ability to reverse course, no matter how he stands in the box. He owns a .250/.293/.392 for his White Sox career, and that didn't happen by accident. And hell, if the arthritic toe is a bigger deal than he's made of it, there might be no sustainable bounce-back in sight.

But if you want to be optimistic, an open stance might help address his biggest problem. He used to use the whole field, but since we've seen him, he's developed a bad habit of pulling his body towards third base as the bat's coming through the zone, which results in a ton of grounders to the left side.

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