Here's a quick glance at what's happening around the American League Central.
Since the Twins took a half-game lead over the White Sox on Aug. 22, they have lost 11 of 15. Blame the bullpen but pitching coach Rick Anderson says now is not the time to lash out at his relievers. Here's a breakdown of the Twins' bullpen ERA month-by-month. September has been especially brutal. The Twins' bullpen woes have overshadowed the fact their rotation has been the best in the AL in the second half.
Jon Paul Morosi of the Detroit Free Press looks ahead to 2009 for the Tigers, who, despite a disappointing 2008, are not expected to dial down their payroll.
Meanwhile, a successful run against the White Sox the next two days will put Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay on a path to get less rest between starts as Toronto tries to enhance its long-shot playoff chances.