Indians: Cleveland can make the case that it has the best shortstop in baseball. As of Thursday, shortstop Francisco Lindor’s 5.7 WAR was the best of any player at his position over the past calendar year. The Twins will see for themselves next weekend when they visit Cleveland for a three-game series.
Tigers: In one offseason, Detroit’s bullpen has gone from sore spot to bright spot. Closer Francisco Rodriguez has had some struggles, but setup men Alex Wilson, Justin Wilson and Mark Lowe have been excellent. Detroit’s relievers entered the weekend with a 2.67 ERA that was fourth best in baseball. Justin Wilson has a 1.50 ERA.
Royals: Third baseman Mike Moustakas is battling a bruised/jammed left thumb. He was held out of the lineup Monday and limited to pinch hitting Tuesday. He is expected to play this weekend against Cleveland, but there’s concern the injury could affect his hitting. It’s an injury worth monitoring.
White Sox: Tears were flowing in the streets around Target Field when the Twins learned John Danks had been designated for assignment. Danks was 7-15 with a 5.76 ERA in his career with the Twins, but Chicago now is looking for a new fifth starter. Righthander Erik Johnson is getting first crack at the spot, but the White Sox have other options.