Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias and center fielder Anthony Gose are gifted defensively — something Detroit sorely needs on a team that is not sound in the field as in other areas. Any offense from these two is a plus. The pair torched the Twins in three games at Comerica Park last week and headed into the weekend with identical .545 batting averages. If Iglesias and Gose have figured out hitting, the stakes are raised even more in the Motor City because Detroit was productive without them.
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Cleveland locked up righthanders Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco with long-term deals. Their No. 1 and No. 2 starters were guaranteed a total of $60.5 million. Kluber, at 29, is a late bloomer who won the AL Cy Young Award last season. Carrasco went against the advice of his agents to sign when he could have gotten more. Why? He had a heart condition that required non-invasive surgery last year. They were part of an Indians rotation that posted a 1.04 ERA and held Astros hitters to a .096 batting average in the season-opening series.
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The White Sox will send Chris Sale to the mound on Sunday for his 2015 debut — his first since recovering from an avulsion fracture in his right foot. "We'll be cautious and respond by his body and how stuff looks, and act accordingly," White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn said.
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Many feel the Royals will be unable to make up for the loss of righthander James Shields, but free-agent Edinson Volquez allowed just six baserunners over eight innings on Thursday in his Royals debut. If Volquez can get within range of Shields' 14-8 record and 227 innings pitched last season, the Royals will be a playoff threat again.