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AL Central News and Notes: Hafner, Fister, Duffy

AL Central Standings

Detroit 80 62 .563 0 Won 5
Chicago 71 69 .507 8 Won 3
Cleveland 70 69 .503 8.5 Lost 2
Kansas City 60 83 .419 20.5 Won 2
Minnesota 58 84 .408 22 Lost 5

(updated 9.6.2011 at 11:40 PM PDT)

Hafner's problematic foot may require surgery | News
The Indians have not ruled out the possibility that designated hitter Travis Hafner will need surgery on his ailing right foot during the offseason.

Tigers' Deadline Acquisition Doug Fister Is Earning Himself A No. 2 Spot In The Tigers' Playoff Rotation | September
Over his last 29.2 innings, Fister has a 0.91 ERA and 31 strikeouts opposite just two walks

Bring Out Yer Dead - South Side Sox
Ditching Quentin and keeping Buehrle and Danks cuts about $7M from the ~$120M starting point.  For a team expected to win something like 79-84 games--it's hard to nail down exactly at this point--I would guess they'd still be in the red and not breaking even.  If that's actually the case, where would the cuts come from?

Duffy's season winds down in Oakland -
A promising but inconsistent rookie season by left-hander Danny Duffy figures to conclude Tuesday night when the Royals continue their three-game series against the A’s at the Coliseum.

Nick's Twins Blog: Beams of Light
Today, I thought I'd take a break from the doom-and-gloom, and grasp for some positives within this pitiful season. Believe it or not, there are a few (and I do mean few) things we can look at for encouragement.