AL Central rumor roundup


AL Central rumor roundup

With the trade deadline fast approaching, we'll have a daily digest of all the rumors swirling around the AL Central from today through July 31. Today, we lead off with Zack Greinke and look at what Detroit may do next after their blockbuster deal this week.

The White Sox "want Zack Greinke badly" but given Milwaukee asked Baltimore for top prospect Manny Machado, don't expect a deal to be done soon, writes CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Chicago Tribune Live debated whether the White Sox have the pieces to obtain Greinke on Wednesday:

Earlier, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal proposed the White Sox send Gavin Floyd to Toronto for pitching prospect Justin Nicolino and package him with Jared MitchellTrayce Thompson and a young major-league reliever. That was just speculation, though, but it'll be interesting to see if Milwaukee could come up with a better offer than that between now and Tuesday.

As an aside, the Gavin Floyd-to-Toronto rumor is right up there with the it-won't-die Paul-Konerko-for-Chone-Figgins rumors of years past.

The Tigers, fresh off completing their big move to land Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, may be done making big deals but could be interested in Reed Johnson or a comparable right-handed hitting outfielder, reports FOX Sports' Jon Morosi.

Minnesota has a few players that could interest teams, but reportedly the asking prices on Josh Willingham, Denard Span and Justin Morneau are high. Cincinnati, which apparently turned down a deal for Shane Victorino, checked in on Span. There also appears to be a strong market for Francisco Liriano, with six teams reportedly showing interest as of earlier this week.

The Indians fell back to .500 with a 3-2 loss to Detroit, and there's not much out there regarding the Tribe until they decide whether to buy, sell or stand pat at the deadline. Rosenthal reported earlier this week that Cleveland could look to move closer Chris Perez regardless of their decision.

Kansas City is also rumored to be taking calls on closer Jonathan Broxton and outfielder Jeff Francoeur, with the latter making sense to move to make way for top prospect Wil Myers.

Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Oilers

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Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Oilers

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks when they take on the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. He's 0-2-0 with a 4.63 goals-against average and .875 save percentage this season.

In 18 career appearances against the Oilers, Crawford is 9-7-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and one shutout. 

The decision is a little surprising, given how well Lehner performed on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets and what his career numbers are against the Oilers. In eight starts vs. Edmonton, Lehner is 5-1-2 with a 1.86 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and one shutout.

"We're going to continue to ... both guys are going to get in," coach Jeremy Colliton said after Monday's morning skate. "They're both going to play. I'm not going to give you the road map, but today it's Crawford and we'll go from there."

The Blackhawks are seeking their first win of the season (0-2-1) against an Oilers team that's 5-0-0.

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants it more?

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school sports followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Thursday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on Friday night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

This week, for the first time ever, our Wintrust “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week” will be a boys soccer match—and we have some pretty nice local rivalries on deck. Which game is the most worthy of coverage?

Plainfield Central at Plainfield North, 4:30 p.m.

Fenwick at Oak Park-River Forest, 5:30 p.m.

Mundelein at Carmel, 6:30 p.m.

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Thursday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 3 p.m. Thursday. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights, all season long.