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AL Central Watch: July 11

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

Major League Baseball insists there is no conspiracy, but once again, the Tigers will emerge from the All-Star break a day earlier than most including the White Sox and Twins. That doesn’t make sense to me, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. We should all [have four-day breaks] or nobody should and you can quote me in big, bold print. I want everyone to write it and put it all over the airwaves. It’s a joke. It’s garbage. Silly is what it is. Meanwhile, it’s looking likely that for the second consecutive year, the Tigers will not make a significant acquisition before the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline. Right now, we feel pretty good, general manager Dave Dombrowski said.

After his 5-for-5 performance, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is putting together another MVP-caliber season, writes Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Meanwhile, fellow Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan stresses how smart the small-market Twins were for locking up closer Joe Nathan before the season.

In the wake of the CC Sabathia trade, Indians manager Eric Wedge held a team meeting. His message was murky. I don’t think anything else is going to happen, but it might, Wedge said. I can’t let [possible future trades] hang over us. I understand, because it was CC, but now that’s done and we have to play baseball.

Check back later for updates.