MLB Preview 2011: Ranking the AL Central Division's Starting Lineups

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MLB Preview 2011: Ranking the AL Central Division's Starting Lineups
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Joe Mauer is the best hitter in the AL Central.

After ranking the starting rotations of the AL Central, it only makes sense to move on to the starting lineups. There are many variables involved with ranking the starting lineups (Grady Sizemore's health, Miguel Cabrera's drinking, other weird progressions/regressions, etc.), but this is my best attempt at it.

With spring training under way, I hope you enjoy looking ahead to how the offenses in the AL Central rank. If you want to see my starting rotation list, click here. Together, they form a pretty decent AL Central preview. If you don't want to see it, then don't click on the link and just proceed with this slideshow. It's that easy.

Note: I used the depth charts on each team's official website to formulate these lineups. I also used some common sense, though. For example, Jim Thome's not listed as the starting DH for the Twins, but I looked at the lineup with and without him before finalizing a ranking. Same goes for the Indians and Grady Sizemore's availability.

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