Quote: "This is the big leagues. How could you not be motivated?" -- A's rookie pitcher Tim Hudson, who has won eight straight
It's a fact: The A's are 30-16 against AL East teams, including 6-1 against the Devil Rays.
Who's hot: The Royals' Johnny Damon has stolen 23 straight bases.
Who's not: The White Sox have lost 13 of 15.
On deck: Bret Saberhagen, just off the DL, will start for the Red Sox tomorrow, replacing Kent Merker.