Full 2013 AL Central Piece-by-Piece Preview, Predictions

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Full 2013 AL Central Piece-by-Piece Preview, Predictions
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It took just 88 wins to capture the AL Central crown last season, and there is little doubt it ranked as the worst division in baseball.

However, the Tigers turned that postseason berth into a World Series appearance, and they're in a good position to make another run at the AL pennant this year.

Elsewhere in the division, the White Sox return more or less the same group that gave the Tigers everything they could handle last year.

The Indians had a busy offseason, highlighted by the signings of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn as they look to make a run at the playoffs..

In Kansas City, the team finally found its staff ace, as James Shields will front a complete retooled rotation that could push the Royals over the top.

Even expected cellar-dweller Minnesota took steps to improve its starting rotation, and if nothing else they should be a tougher draw for the rest of the division throughout the year.

That's the AL Central in a nutshell; what follows is a slightly more in-depth look at the division for the upcoming season.


* All stats via Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

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