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AL Central Notes: Indians rotation, Miguel Cabrera

The latest news from around the American League Central.

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The Cleveland Indians have won 13 baseball games in a row, an impressive feat. In fact, since the Cavilers won the NBA Championship, these Indians haven’t lost. One of the main reasons for their success is their starting rotation. Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Danny Salazar and Josh Tomlin have combined to post a 3.03 ERA. Their combined team ERA of 3.45 in the best mark in the American League.

That rotation is the best bargain in baseball. In total, these five starters make $13.68 million and the closest one to free agency is Tomlin in 2017, but there is a club option for 2018 on that deal.

More from around the American League Central:

  • Al Kaline knows a thing or two about baseball. The Hall of Fame played between 1953 and 1974, seeing a lot of Detroit Tigers play. According to him, Miguel Cabrera is the greatest hitter ever to don the Tigers uniform.
  • Byung Ho Park’s roster spot could be on the chopping block once Miguel Sano, and he says that he will follow whatever decision the team makes.
  • It took a little while, but James Shields finally looked like the pitcher that the White Sox had traded for, and he left to a standing ovation.
  • Lorenzo Cain’s injury forces the Royals to use Kendrys Morales in right field. He is playing there for the first time since 2008.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Cleveland 48-30 — GB

Kansas City 42-36 6.0 GB

Detroit 41-38 7.5 GB

White Sox 40-39 8.5 GB

Minnesota 23-53 23.0 GB