As the playoff picture comes into focus, the American League offers an interesting situation. Essentially, each of the likely playoff contenders has an ace, and then a litany of question marks thereafter. And that's just one of the questions.
With A-Rod, the only thing that could ever match his production was the perpetual sideshow. But while his approach to the game hasn't changed much, the way he deals with everything else has, and perhaps it's paying dividends.