It was a wild and active offseason in the AL Central, and no team recognizes that the stakes were raised more than the Detroit Tigers.
Cliff Lee and the Rangers got the better of David Price and the Rays in ALDS Game 1. The left-handed aces meet again in Tuesday night's Game 5, the winner advancing to face the Yankees in the ALCS.
For numerous teams, the DH spot has been nothing short of an offensive wasteland in the first month of the season.
The Twins didn't win pretty against the Tigers on Thursday, but this part of the season isn't about aesthetics -- it's about survival, and Minnesota kept the AL Central race going.
While the Twins rank third in the AL in runs, they are just 29th in the majors in home runs. Are baseball's pre-eminent scrappers in the race for the long haul?
With the Tigers, Indians, White Sox and Twins looking like contenders, the AL Central is shaping up to be baseball's toughest and deepest division.
Complaints about the schedule are nothing new, but there have been even more gripes than usual this season.
With Alex Rodriguez leading the charge, the Yankees' bats came through in a big way yet again, writes Jerry Crasnick.
A's shortstop Bobby Crosby likely will be Oakland's fifth Rookie of the Year since 1986.