Here's a quick glance at what's happening around the American League Central.
The Twins got back to playing their brand of baseball during a victory Tuesday over the Royals. On paper, the Twins would seem to have an easier schedule ahead than the White Sox, especially when you consider the Twins are 38-23 against the AL Central, and 11 of their remaining 18 games are within the division.
Here's what Twins beat writer La Velle E. Neal III says about the White Sox in his latest blog entry: ''The one White Sox stat I keep harping on: They are 8-32 when they don't homer in a game. I know it's easier said than done. But there's no Carlos Quentin, no Twins-killer Joe Crede and a chance there will be no Paul Konerko when the White Sox head to the Dome on Sept. 23 - which is at the end of a 10-game road trip. If you keep the ball in the park against the Sox, they can be had.''
It's too late to save their season, but battle-tested veterans Dontrelle Willis and Freddy Garcia appear ready to join the Tigers' rotation. Meanwhile, in their effort to move on after the Pudge Rodriguez trade, the Tigers are raving about young catcher Dusty Ryan.
In another too-late-to-save-the-season moment, DH Travis Hafner -- in his first game since May 25 -- hit first-pitch singles in his first two at-bats during his return to the Indians' lineup.