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2014 MLB Preview: Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers

93-69 (2013, 1st in AL Central)

2013 Ranks:
Offense- Runs(2nd) Batting Average (1st) On-Base%(2nd) Slugging%(2nd)
Pitching- ERA(9th) Quality Starts(1st) WHIP(9th) Batting Average Against(8th)

Notable Additions: Ian Kinsler, Joe Nathan, Stephen Lombardozzi, Joba Chamberlain, Rajai Davis.

They will win if: If Brad Ausmus can fill Jim Leyland's shoes; If Joe Nathan can solve the Tiger

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2014 MLB Preview: Kansas City Royals

 

Kansas City Royals

86-76 (2013, 2nd in AL Central)

2013 Ranks:
Offense- Runs(18th) Batting Average (9th) On-Base%(16th) Slugging%(24th)
Pitching- ERA(6th) Quality Starts(3rd) WHIP(10th) Batting Average Against(14th)
 
Notable Additions:
Jason Vargas, Norichika Aoki, Omar Infante, Ramon Hernandez

They will win if: They can avoid a second half slide; If the offense finds more power; If the bullpen repeats last year's success; If Hosmer and Moustakas can rebound from off years; If Aoki can be a table-setter; If Vargas can pitch like a #2 starter; If Cain, Escobar and Perez can prove they are Capable of being starters; If Ned Yost can get this team to believe in themselves.

More Likely Result: This Royals team is extremely talented. But for whate

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Orioles Top Twins 11-5 in Florida

The Twins lost 11-5 in Fort Myers, Florida to the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night. Johnny Monell hit a 3-run homerun off Jared Burton in the 3rd inning lifting the Orioles to the win.

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2014 MLB Preview: Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians

92-70 (2013, 2nd in AL Central)

2013 Ranks:
Offense- Runs(5th) Batting Average (13th) On-Base%(7th) Slugging%(9rd)
Pitching- ERA(15th) Quality Starts(27th) WHIP(21st) Batting Average Against(11th)
Notable Additions:  John Axford, Josh Outman, David Murphy, Marc Rzepczynski

They will win if: The team as a whole can stay healthy; The offense produces like it did last year; the bullpen can hold leads; either Aaron Harang or Shaun Marcum make an impact; Justin Masterson becomes an ace; John Axford can regain his form; Yan Gomes can handle being a full time catcher.

More Likely Result: Much like the White Sox, the Indians are also st

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2014 MLB Preview: Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins

66-96 (2013, 4th in AL Central)

2013 Ranks:
Offense- Runs(25th) Batting Average (25th) On-Base%(20th) Slugging%(23rd)
Pitching- ERA(29th) Quality Starts(30th) WHIP(28th) Batting Average Against(30th)

Notable Additions:  Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Kurt Suzuki, Matt Guerrier, Jason Kubel, Jason Bartlett

They will win if: Willingham and Kubel can provide lineup protection for Mauer; someone produces in the leadoff spot; the starting pitching holds the entire season; Glen Perkins and Casey Fien can hold leads; Byron Buxton and Alex Meyer both make the team and contribute THIS YEAR; Target Field regains its home-field advantage; Pedro Florimon starts to hit; Josmil Pinto takes the reins at catcher without stumbling.

More Likely Result: The Twins just don’t have enough offense to complement the improvements made to their starting rotation. News last week that Miguel Sano will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire season has already taken wind out of the sails. The Twins will also have to play one of the to

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2014 MLB Preview: Chicago White Sox

Over the next 2 weeks I will be taking an in depth look at the 2014 Major League Baseball Season. I will start in the AL Central and branch out from there in order of expected standings. After all divisions have been dissected I will have a simulation of the season with awards and playoff teams and the winner of the World Series. Th

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Twins General Manager Terry Ryan Diagnosed With Cancer

Ryan said in a statement he has been told that the cancer is treatable

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Twins Strike Deal With Catcher Kurt Suzuki

Suzuki is expected to platoon with returning Twins catcher Josmil Pinto following Joe Mauer's move to first base in 2014.

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Twins Sign Kubel To Minor League Contract

Jason Kubel signed a minor league contract Friday that includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

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2014 Twins Caravan Stop To Include Oliva, Gibson And More

The Minnesota Twins will bring their annual Winter Caravan tour to St. Cloud on Thursday, January 16th at Rivers Edge Convention Center.

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