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AL Central Watch: July 9

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

Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free-Press believes the Tigers have the goods to make a run at the White Sox in the Central. Tom Gage of the Detroit News points out that the schedule is doing the Tigers no favors. Tigers slugger Magglio Ordonez believes he can come off the disabled list the first game back after the All-Star break.

Twin manager Ron Gardenhire likes what he has seen from outfield replacement Denard Span, who could stick around even after Michael Cuddyer returns from the disabled list. Span is batting .315 with a .413 on-base percentage.

With 14 games left against the White Sox, the Royals view that as a positive, even though the Sox have made a punching bag out of Kansas City. We have to view this as a chance to make a move, Royals outfielder Mark Teahen said.

Check back later for updates.