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AL Central Notes: Royals payback, Indians rotation, White Sox roster

The latest news surrounding the American League Central.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals are the defending champions, but they still appear to be a little upset by the actions of Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard in the World Series. Syndergaard opened up Game 3 of the World Series by throwing a fastball over the head of Alcides Escobar, and the Royals didn't take to kindly to that.

Industry sources say that the Royals are making their intent known to get back at Syndergaard for this pitch, but it could just be a mind game between the two squads as they set to open the season against each other this Sunday. There's also the little fact that the games are in Kansas City, where Syndergaard won't have to bat. So this retaliation will be very interesting.

More news from around the American League Central:

  • Do the Twins have a chance to finish 1-2-3 in the Rookie of the Year voting this year? Michael Rand of the Star Tribune outlined this not ridiculous, but unlikely scenario.
  • The White Sox roster is beginning to fill out, with Jimmy Rollins joining the big league team, Scott Carroll being optioned and Jacob Turner outrighted.
  • After being cemented as a member of the Tigers rotation, Shane Greene went out on Wednesday and pitched a gem, throwing 5 2/3 innings, allowing only three hits. For a player trying to forgot a not-so-good 2015, a start like this could be huge to his confidence.
  • The Indians Opening Day roster is set. Trevor Bauer will head to the bullpen, while Cody Anderson and Josh Tomlin finish off their rotation.
  • Oh, and they also unveiled a new scoreboard.