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AL CENTRAL
Kelly Whiteside
April 01, 1996
1. CLEVELAND INDIANS
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April 01, 1996

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5. MILWAUKEE BREWERS

NO ACE
The Brewers signed underachieving free-agent righthander Ben McDonald to a two-year, $6 million contract even though he was 3-6 and started only 13 games for Baltimore last season because of tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. This spring his fastball was blocked only in the upper 80's, and that's bad news for the Brewers, who in 1995 had just one starter with as many as 10 victories, righthander Ricky Bones.

POWER OUTAGE
In 1995 the Brewers hit only 56 dingers at County Stadium, the second-lowest figure by an AL team at its home park. (By comparison, the Mariners led the league with 101 homers at the Kingdome.) Milwaukee needs a big year from leftfielder Greg Vaughn, who had 30 homers in '93 but only 17 last season.

OUTLOOK
"Worst team I've seen here," declared one manager during spring training in Arizona. Enough said.

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