AL Central Notes: Indians, Royals, Liriano

The Indians weren't supposed to be sitting atop the AL Central standings a month into the season and the Twins weren't supposed to be in the cellar. Here are some links from the AL Central, including the latest reaction to a surprising April…

  • Everyone's wondering if the Indians are for real and Dave Cameron of FanGraphs provided an answer today: they aren't as good as they've seemed (19-8), but their offense should keep them in the race for much of the season, even if their pitching regresses, as expected.
  • Anthony Castrovince of points out that the Indians now have a chance. "Nobody predicted they'd have it, and few seem to think they can sustain it. But with each win comes a little more belief."
  •'s Dick Kaegel explains that the Royals are taking advantage of technology to approach advance scouting in a new way.
  • Removing Francisco Liriano from the rotation may not be the worst decision the last-place Twins could make, writes Chris Cwik of FanGraphs.
  • White Sox GM Kenny Williams told's Scott Merkin that he isn't looking to blame anyone for his team's 10-19 start.

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