Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No One Breaking Away in AL Central

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No One Breaking Away in AL Central

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Prince Fielder is back in the Texas Rangers' lineup after the struggling slugger got an unwanted two- game break.; Fielder is batting sixth and playing first base in the lineup posted before the Rangers' series opener at home against the Houston Astros.; It's the lowest Fielder has been in the batting order in his three seasons with the Rangers. He went into Monday night's game hitting .187 with three homers and 28 RBIs in his first 53 games.; Primarily the designated hitter this season for the Rangers, Fielder was playing first base while struggling Mitch Moreland got a day off. Moreland was hitting .206 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 51 games.; Jurickson Profar remained in the leadoff spot. He played second base while Rougned Odor was the DH.

Top of AL Central is logjam as teams battle for position

At this time last year, the Chicago White Sox were 6 games out of first place in the AL Central.

So although Chicago has played poorly of late, the White Sox are still in a better position than they were in 2015. Their own outlook is more promising and it looks like there may not be a dominant team in their division like there was last year.

Cleveland has won five in a row and leads the Central at 31-24 which is the worst record of any division leader at the moment. Only 3 games separate the Indians from fourth-place Detroit, with Kansas City and Chicago in between.

"I think all four teams to this point of the season have played really, really good baseball at one point, and at times they've played really, really bad baseball," White Sox catcher Alex Avila said. "My best guess throughout the course of the season is that everybody will be within a few games of each other and whatever team will kind of find that consistency toward the end of the season will be the one that comes out of it."

Kansas City won the division by 12 games last year en route to a World Series title. …

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