Chicago Sun-Times
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AL Central Watch: Aug. 5

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Here's a quick glance at what's happening around the American League Central.

The Twins' stay in first place didn't last long after they blew a six-run lead against the lowly Mariners. The Twins are hoping to get outfielder Michael Cuddyer and infielder Alexi Casilla back from injuries by next week. The Twins need any boost they can get after starting a stretch Monday that calls for 20 of their next 29 games to be on the road.

The thinking by most contenders is that it will take 90 victories to win the Central. That means the Tigers, who open a three-game series against the White Sox on the South Side tonight, must go 35-16 -- a .686 pace -- the rest of the way. Raise your hand if you think this mediocre team has a chance. Former Chicagoan Curtis Granderson is among many Tigers who grew up idolizing Ken Griffey Jr., the newest member of the White Sox.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox open a key four-game series against the White Sox on Friday and the status of slugger David Ortiz is in question after he felt a click in his wrist Monday.

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Sox made another huge comeback versus Tigers! Been down on Swish,but he came up clutch tonight. Thome showing his age unable to catch up to mlb fastballs. Sox have been hitting for most part, Now only if the starting pitching will return .The relief pitching came up big tonight. Great win sox!

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