Philip Humber gave up three runs in five innings as the White Sox and Astros played to a 5-5 draw to finish off the 2012 preseason. Today's an off day, and then tomorrow is Opening Day. Tomorrow is Opening Day. That bears repeating.
The rankings of the AL Central in the power poll Tony Andracki and I put together: No. 5 Detroit, No. 16 Cleveland, No. 17 White Sox, No. 22 Kansas City, No. 24 Minnesota. Tony had Detroit at No. 1, with Cleveland No. 19, the Sox at No. 20, Kansas City at No. 22 and Minnesota at No. 24.
I previewed the White Sox starting rotation, which is being underrated by a lot of people coming into the season. Then again, if Jake Peavy gets hurt, things could unravel pretty quickly.
Speaking of the rotation, Chris Sale's Florida Gulf Coast coach explained why he thinks big things are coming for his former pitcher.
Lastly from us, Tony and I rolled out our final All-Chicago baseball team, with this one being our preseason roster for 2012. I think we're going to regret not putting Adam Dunn in the starting lineup, but that can be rectified at the midseason mark.
Larry previewed the high and low Sox minor league affiliates, Jim has a spot-on analysis of Brent Morel in the No. 2 spot and James previews the AL Central.
Around the division: Ken Rosenthal has a moving, powerful piece on Jason Marquis' daughter, Cleveland finalized a 16.5 million extension with Asdrubal Cabrera, Detroit opens against Boston today, Royals Review looks at Lorenzo Cain and my first reaction to "Indians send Ryan Spilborghs to Triple-A, release Felix Pie" was "wait, the Indians have Ryan Spilborghs and Felix Pie?" and then my second reaction was "well, I guess not anymore."