Sunday Insider: Central Intelligence

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 15, 2011 - 1:15 AM

In 2007, when the Indians held off the Tigers for the AL Central title, Cleveland's Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta combined for 12 homers against Detroit. Now, they are on the other side of the rivalry, and both are thriving. In the past seven games, Martinez and Peralta have combined to hit .500 (25-for-50) with seven doubles, six homers and 22 RBI. The switch-hitting Martinez, in particular, is a perfect fit for Detroit's lineup, because he offers protection for Miguel Cabrera.

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Scouts believe Cleveland will stumble eventually, since several players have outperformed expectations. The Indians have been a great story. They have the majors' youngest pitching staff, at 26.3 years old, but rank fourth in the AL with a 3.49 ERA.

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With Jake Peavy back from the disabled list, the White Sox are using a six-man rotation as they trudge through a 20-game stretch without an off day. The stretch began Friday, and with former Twins righthander Phil Humber improving to 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA, he is showing no signs of giving up his rotation spot soon.

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Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 0 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo 1
Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar 5 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Verlander 7
Toronto - LP: R. Dickey 0 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson 7
Seattle - LP: J. Beimel 6 FINAL
Texas - WP: P. Figueroa 8
Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu 2 FINAL
San Francisco - LP: M. Bumgarner 1
Colorado - WP: F. Morales 3 FINAL
San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy 1
St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright 8 FINAL
Washington - LP: T. Jordan 0
Milwaukee - LP: R. Wooten 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: E. Volquez 11
NY Yankees 10 Bottom 9th Inning
Tampa Bay 2
Toronto 5 Bottom 8th Inning
Minnesota 5
Boston 1 Top 8th Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Kansas City 5 Bottom 8th Inning
Houston 1
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
NY Rangers 4
Chicago 3 3rd Prd 10:46
St. Louis 2
Minnesota 1 2nd Prd
Colorado 1
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