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Around the major leagues . . .

AL CENTRAL

White Sox: If they can contend, Jose Abreu could become first Rookie of the Year/MVP since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.

Indians: Surprise! Nick Swisher's act getting old. No power, still hovering around Mendoza line.

Royals: Billy Butler takes blame for heated argument with first base coach Rusty Kuntz: "Got caught up in the moment."

Tigers: Justin Verlander caught looking at girlfriend Kate Upton's upper body during Bruins-Canadiens playoff game.

Twins: Manager Ron Gardenhire questions Aaron Hicks' preparation: "He needs to start studying the game a little more."

AL EAST

Blue Jays: Dustin McGowan heads to bullpen after 15-4 loss to Indians, fifth time in seven starts he failed to get past fifth.

Orioles: With Matt Wieters on DL, former Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger gets long-awaited chance to prove he can hit.

Rays: Rays dress up as hippies for Woodstock-theme road trip. Season still reeks like Wavy Gravy's T-shirt.

Red Sox: Free agent-to-be Jake Peavy says he wants to stay. Whether Red Sox want him back is debatable.

Yankees: Wrigley Field return on tap for Alfonso Soriano, who became seventh player with 1,000 hits in both leagues.

AL WEST

Angels: More than 8,000 residents of Millville, N.J., turn out to see hometown hero Mike Trout play in Philadelphia.

Astros: Season-low crowd of 14,617 shows up for home game against "rival" Rangers. Should have stayed in National League.

Athletics: Still doing it with a star-free clubhouse. The A's 25-15 start matched their best 40-game start over last 24 years.

Mariners: Numbers do lie. Despite 1.714 WHIP, closer Fernando Rodney was tied for AL league in saves with 11.

Rangers: Season on brink? Lose first series to Astros since 2008 and Martin Perez headed for Tommy John surgery.

NL WEST

Cubs: Forbes declares Cubs "Baseball's Next Powerhouse," using "Rangers blueprint." Uh, Rangers never have won Series.

Brewers: Sale of company that sponsors sausage race not expected to affect Miller Park's favorite in-game diversion.

Cardinals: Hitting coach John Mabry feeling heat for drop in offense. Probably safe for now.

Pirates: Andrew McCutchen suffers foot soreness but keeps playing. They can't afford to lose only consistent hitter.

Reds: Johnny Cueto becomes first since 1909 to go at least 7 innings allowing 2 or fewer runs in first nine starts of year.

NL EAST

Braves: Only the punchless Padres had a lower team OBP in majors than strike-out prone Braves.

Marlins: Loss of Jose Fernandez to Tommy John surgery likely lethal blow to misfit Marlins' chances of contending.

Mets: Matt Harvey whines about team wanting rehab in Florida: "I guess having a life outside of baseball is sometimes not OK."

Nationals: Despite so-so start, they entered weekend outscoring opponents 19-3 in ninth innings.

Phillies: Ryne Sandberg gets sick from a burger at a Citi Field concession. Mr. Met remains person of interest.

NL WEST

Diamondbacks: Addison Reed remains as closer despite 5.03 ERA and six homers allowed over 192/3 innings.

Dodgers: Don Mattingly notes Brian Wilson's velocity drops in non-crucial situations. Says Wilson "dials it up" when he has to.

Giants: A Giant turnaround: Second-worst in majors in home runs (107) last year; ranked third in mid-May with 49 homers.

Padres: Could challenge 1910 White Sox modern-day record of worst team average (.212) in a season.

Rockies: Can Troy Tulowitzki chase .400 all summer? Last to threaten in non-strike season was George Brett's .390 in 1980.

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