AL Central Watch: June 16

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

More good news for the red-hot Tigers: Gary Sheffield, who begins a rehab assignment tonight, says he is just days away from returning to the club. Meanwhile, reliever Fernandon Rodney will return to the Tigers tonight, and fellow setup man Joel Zumaya is getting close.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was fuming over a speed-up called strike Sunday. Meanwhile, the Twins are taking it slow with rookie pitcher Nick Blackburn, who has a sore elbow.

Tucked in this Paul Hoynes notebook is an interesting nugget about Indians pitchers and grand slams.

Check back later for updates.

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Dakotah Earley was shot on May 6 as he struggled with a gunman who knocked him down and fired at least three times.
Jackson is the court’s 116th justice and she took the place Thursday of the justice she once worked for. Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement took effect this afternoon.
The southbound driver went through a light at 87th and South Chicago Avenue in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the South Side on Wednesday.
They allegedly pushed a 46-year-old man to the ground and beat him under the platform, police said.
Jackson sworn in on Thursday to replace retiring Justice Breyer.