American League Central capsules
Capsules of American League Central teams, listed in order of finish last year:
AL Central teams at the start of spring training
A team-by-team look at the American League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Manager: Terry Francona (seventh season).
2018: 91-71, first place, lost to Houston in Division Series.
Indians agree to minor league deals with Flaherty, Navarro
CLEVELAND (AP) — Infielder Ryan Flaherty has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training.
The 32-year-old would get a one-year contract paying $800,000 in the major leagues if he is added to the 40-man roster. If he is not added to the 40-man roster by March 20, he may request his release within the next day.
Blue Jays get C Navarro from White Sox
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays added depth at catcher for the stretch run by re-acquiring veteran switch-hitter Dioner Navarro from the Chicago White Sox on Friday.
The Blue Jays sent minor league left-hander Colton Turner to Chicago in the waiver deal. Navarro is likely to be the backup in Toronto behind Russell Martin.
Navarro was texting with a Toronto player when White Sox general manager Rick Hahn interrupted to tell him of the trade.
Naquin hits game-ending sacrifice fly, Indians top White Sox
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland manager Terry Francona put up a pinch-hitter in the middle of an at-bat and the strategy paid off when Tyler Naquin lofted a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning that lifted the Indians over the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Thursday night.
The AL Central-leading Indians scored a single run in each of the last five innings to overtake Chicago. Cleveland improved to 6-2 on an 11-game homestand.
White Sox score in 8th on strikeout to beat Marlins 8-7
MIAMI (AP) — When catcher Dioner Navarro reached the dugout after scoring from third base on a strikeout, he draped himself over a teammate's shoulders as if on the verge of collapsing from his 90-foot sprint.
The run put the Chicago White Sox ahead to stay, capping a bizarre eighth-inning comeback that helped them beat the Miami Marlins 8-7 on Saturday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Byron Buxton flashed both the potential that made him baseball's top prospect in recent years, and the struggles that has observers questioning whether he's ready for the majors.
Buxton factored in two of Minnesota's runs in the Twins' 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night, including an exciting sequence in the third in which the speedy outfielder scored from first. But he also finished the night hitless and drew boos in the ninth on a...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dioner Navarro hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning to drive in Avisail Garcia and lift the Chicago White Sox to a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
Garcia hit a leadoff double against Fernando Abad (1-4), and then scored easily when Navarro drove a fastball from Abad to the left-field corner.
Michael Ynoa (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his first win of the season, David Robertson pitched the...
CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale arrived on the last player bus to Wrigley Field dressed in a dark suit, walked into the cramped visiting clubhouse, scanned the room and smiled.
He hugged teammates Dioner Navarro and Matt Albers, then did a lap around the clubhouse, greeting each player sitting at his locker.
"Good to see you, pal," third baseman Todd Frazier said.
Chicago White Sox players warmly greeted their ace as the five-time All-Star returned to the team...
CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox were denied a sixth straight series win, despite James Shields' best start since coming to Chicago.
The Atlanta Braves beat the White Sox 2-0 on Sunday, though Shields turned in his third straight quality start going into the All-Star break.
"Even when I was struggling, I didn't put too much emphasis on each start," Shields said. "But being consistent and on the same page with Navvy (catcher Dioner Navarro) back there has been...