In addition to losing Crain, the Twins lost Matt Guerrier on the Dodgers, Brian Fuentes to the Athletics, and Jon Rauch to the blue Jays. Additionally, their former all star closer Joe Nathan is originating back after missing just about all last season following Tommy John a surgical procuedure. Also, a week into spring training Twins all star first baseman Justin Morneau had yet to play and has been no time table for his return as he continues to deal with a concussion he suffered mid way through last trend. With the subtractions and uncertainty of key Twins, it looks like the Sox have overtaken Minnesota as they, with the Detroit Tigers, battle for the division.
Pitching came along for the Sox but despite injuries to Jake Peavy and John Danks, they rank 11th inside majors in quality starts and walks and hits per innings pitched and 12th in ERA.
Assists: The Tigers had 1,668 assists in 2010, which ranked them ninth in the majors. The Cardinals were first with 1,872 assists, and the Giants were last with 1,485. Helpful ideas ten teams in assists were the Cardinals, Indians, Braves, Twins, Rockies, Athletics, Blue Jays, Phillies and Tigers.