Contenders, Pretenders, and the Pending Firesales of 2012 – The A.L. Central

As we begin to hit the period of critical mass in the 2012 Major League Baseball season, the rumor mill has begun to swirl with trade gossip and the always fun topic of figuring out the teams that will be playing buyers and sellers during that last week of July.

By division, let’s take a look at which teams are shaping up to be plugging holes for a stretch run, which teams are still trying to find themselves, and which teams are getting ready to throw another log on the ol’ fire.

We have already looked at the National League, and now it is time to dive into the American League divisions.  The unpredictable A.L. Central  is up at getrealbaseball.com

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Youkilis Traded to White Sox

A move that has been expected for some time has completed. Everyone seemed to know Youkilis was on his way out of Boston, it was simply a question of where would he end up. On Sunday that question was answered as Youkilis trades in his Red Sox for White ones (not actually since the White Sox actually wear black socks).

On an emotional Sunday Youkilis played his final game for the Red Sox, at home in front of the Fenway faithful.

When he was removed for a pinch runner he was given a standing ovation and tipped his cap to the fans. Youkilis received hugs from his teammates as he left the field.

The Red Sox will pay a large portion of Youkilis’ remaining contract (which expires at seasons end). In return Boston received RHP Zack Jackson and Utility Infielder Brent Lillibridge. Neither player are likely to see significant playing time for the Red Sox.

-Steven Hawkins

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Extra Helping of Maple Syrup and Poutine

The ball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Milwaukee Brewers last evening accomplished something that I have never witnessed in my many years as a die-hard Canadian baseball fan and am not sure if has ever occurred in the history of the game. The game featured 4 Canadian players seeing playing time in the contest in a slug-fest that ended 7-6 with the advantage going to Milwaukee.

The Blue Jays franchise player at the Hot Corner Brett Lawrie got the Canucks on the board smashing a solo home run against his former team in the top of the 1st inning. Lawrie the native of Langley, British Columbia was originally drafted by the Brewers before coming over to Toronto in the Shaun Marcum deal.

Lawrie played the entire contest at third base for the Jays finishing the night with a couple of hits and 3 runs scored in the loss.

The Brewers starting catcher George Kottaras who is from Scarborough, Ontario caught the first 7 innings before being replaced late in the game. Kottaras a former 20th round draft pick of the San Diego Padres has also spent time with the Boston Red Sox before latching on with the Brew Crew in 2010. Kottaras had a less impressive night at the dish than Lawrie recording 1 hit in 3 tries. Continue reading Extra Helping of Maple Syrup and Poutine