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AL Central Watch -- April 2

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

The Minnesota Twins switched gears, taking the Opening Day start away from Scott Baker and giving it to left-hander Francisco Liriano. Shoulder stiffness landed Baker on the disabled list. The Twins also officially put catcher Joe Mauer on the disabled list. And within this same story, we learn R.A. Dickey will get the start next Friday, when the Twins open a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox.

Coming off right shoulder surgery, Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner is starting to show some signs of life at the plate as spring training winds to a close. In this same story, we see reigning Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee, however, never clicked in the desert, breaking camp with an 0-3 record and a 12.46 ERA (30 earned runs in 21 innings). He allowed 46 hits.

Checking in on a couple of White Sox stars from 2005 ...

Former Sox leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik didn't stick with the Colorado Rockies, but it looks as if the Milwaukee Brewers are interested in reacquiring the speedy outfielder.

Former Sox center fielder Aaron Rowand broke camp with the San Francisco Giants with a .190 batting average. Rowand, 31, is entering the second year of a five-year, $60 million contract.

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