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Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Previewing the AL Central

By Buster Olney
ESPN The Magazine

Editor's note: has teamed with ESPN The Magazine and the SweetSpot Blog Network to produce this year's preview capsules. Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian examined the American League and the National League, respectively. They ordered the teams based on how they think they'll finish, while also breaking down each team's best- and worst-case scenarios.

The SweetSpot bloggers provided the projected lineups, pitching rotations and bullpens, which are mostly approximations based on the latest information. In most cases, they don't include players who will open the season on the disabled list. The lineups reflect the most likely batting order against a right-handed starter and are subject to change.

Click on the links below to go directly to a capsule for each American League Central team:

Chicago White Sox | Cleveland Indians | Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals | Minnesota Twins

Information courtesy of Walkoff Woodward


1st Place

Information courtesy of Royals Authority


2nd Place

Information courtesy of It's Pronounced "Lajaway"


3rd Place

Information courtesy of Twins Daily


4th Place

Information courtesy of SweetSpot


5th Place