AL Central hotly contested in early going

AL Central hotly contested in early going

CLEVELAND -- Entering Saturday, every team in the American League Central was within 10 games of first place. It's been a competitive division all season long, with the White Sox only three games ahead of the second-place Indians.

That's just the way Tribe manager Manny Acta likes it.

"Everybody should feel like they have a chance to win it, and I like that," Acta said. "I like parity, I like competitiveness. People like to call it weak because one team is not running away with it and the rest of them are 20, 25 games out. That's not what baseball is all about, that's not the way it's supposed to be."

Acta said it's good for baseball when division races are competitive. Despite the lack of a salary cap in the Major Leagues, the standings remain tight in nearly every division. The AL East had the biggest margin between first and second place entering Saturday, with the Yankees leading Baltimore by six games.

"Every town, every city, every fan base deserves to be in it and have a hope that they can win it," Acta said. "That's why I like our division. Whoever wants to call it weak, fine with us. I think it's impressive that just about everybody's still in it."