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Mauer and Morneau could be a handful for the Tigers.
One of the greatest things about the game of baseball is when a team begins a season with low expectations and then surprises everyone by making the playoffs.
Baseball is played on the field—not on paper—which is why every team believes they have a chance to win their division.
While the Tigers are being talked about as the favorite in the AL Central, it seems that no one is giving any real consideration to the other AL Central teams. This is shortsighted because the Tigers could play great this season, but another team could simply just play better and win the division.
The Minnesota Twins won the AL Central title as recently as 2010, and they still have Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer. It appears both Morneau and Mauer are healthy going into the 2013 season, which could mean trouble for the rest of the AL Central's pitchers.
The Kansas City Royals improved their pitching this offseason by acquiring pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays. Between their new acquisitions and their young talent, one of these days, the Royals could win.
This past offseason, the Cleveland Indians added slugging free-agent outfielder Nick Swisher, along with manager Terry Francona. They both bring World Series rings and winning attitudes to the Indians, which could turn the team into a contender.
The Chicago White Sox surprised a lot of people last year when they only finished three games behind the Tigers. With luck and solid pitching, the White Sox could give the other Central teams a difficult time again.
*Baseball-reference.com was used for all baseball statistics