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The race is on

Posted at 9:26 AM on July 25, 2006 by Ben Tesch (6 Comments)

This week is big for the AL Central. Cleveland traded their only played with any saves this year, which is a big signal that they're throwing in the towel. The White Sox pick up some bullpen help by trading for Royals reliever Mike MacDougal, but the bigger news is the Sox being in the hunt for Alfonso Soriano along with Detroit.

The Twins meanwhile are on a roll. They beat the White Sox last night, and could be leading the wild card race by the end of the week. The Twins are 32-8 in the last 40 games, which is tied for the best 40-game streak in club history. There are few players who are not contributing or just plain hot, which is making their inclusion in the trade deadline a bit hazy.

Any thoughts on the AL Central, and what might happen with the trade deadline and what it will mean for all teams involved?

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Reynolds dumped by ESPN

Posted at 9:06 PM on July 25, 2006 by David Zingler (2 Comments)

Just like that Harold Reynolds is off the ESPN airwaves. The network unceremoniously dumped the longtime commentator today with no explanation. My last memory of Reynolds, an ESPN employee since 1996, is of him arguing with John Kruk on Sunday that Alex Rodriguez should be traded. Kruk was getting very annoyed. As self-serving and superficial as he could be, I have to admit I am going to miss least a little bit.

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