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Carlos Santana has not enjoyed a smooth transition to third base for Cleveland.

MARK DUNCAN • Associated Press,

Sunday Insider: Central Intelligence

  • April 26, 2014 - 6:55 PM

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

Even the best-laid plans go awry, as the American League Central has discovered already this year. Each team’s biggest disappointment thus far:

Indians: No telling whether the switch from catcher/first base to third is to blame, but Carlos Santana’s awful start (.128 average, three RBI) leaves a huge hole in Cleveland’s lineup.

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Royals: They can live with the batting average hovering around .200, but Kansas City dropped Billy Butler to sixth in the lineup because he hadn’t hit a home run yet.

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Tigers: Alex Gonzalez drilled a walk-off single on Opening Day, but barely two weeks later, the veteran shortstop was released due to his terrible range and 5-for-30 hitting.

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White Sox: When Avasail Garcia was lost for the year, Alejandro De Aza was supposed to ease the loss. A .187 average and .244 on-base percentage entering Saturday hasn’t done it.

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